TV host Denis Norden of 'It'll Be Alright on the Night' fame dies aged 96
According to reports, the beloved television presenter passed away after an extensive stay at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.
Denis Norden, best known for hosting the British television bloopers show 'It’ll Be Alright On The Night' on ITV passed away on Wednesday morning, September 19. The acclaimed TV host and comedy writer was 96-years-old. The news of his death was confirmed by his family in a statement, as per reports. "A wonderful dad, a loving grandfather and great great-grandfather – he gave his laughter mongering to so many. He will be in our hearts forever," his family shared.
According to reports, the beloved television presenter passed away after an extensive stay, spending "many weeks" at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. In the wake of his death, his children Nick and Maggie Norden even expressed their gratitude to the hospital staff who took care of Norden during the period.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the dedicated staff and doctors who have looked after him – with much devotion," they shared.
Born in Hackney, east London in February 1922, Norden's encounter with entertainment happened under extraordinary circumstances. He was serving as part of the RAF during World War II - alongside other comedy heroes like Eric Sykes and Bill Fraser - when he first started writing shows to entertain the troops and get off guard duty.
Eventually, Norden traced his way to television in 1951, working for a BBC sketch show, 'Here's Television'. Following which, he became familiar to most fans as a tv presenter, beginning with 'Looks Familiar' and then moving on to his most famous ITV credits - 'It'll be Alright On The Night' that hit stirred waves in 1977.
Since the news of his tragic passing, many famous comedians and hosts have taken to social media to share their heartfelt condolences.
"Sad news about the death of Lord of the Clipboard Denis Norden. In the age of youtube and social media it's hard to explain how exciting it was to watch 'It'll Be Alright On The Night'," wrote Dan Walked.
"Just heard about Denis Norden. The gentlest of gentlemen. The kindest soul. The loveliest human being. Met and worked with him on Countdown a number of times and was always an utter joy to be around. A very sad start to the day. Sleep well, Sir," shared Greg Scott.
As Rory Bremner added, " RIP the great Denis Norden. One of the finest (and tallest) writers of a great generation. Doyen, gentleman, giant in every sense."
Just heard about Denis Norden. The gentlest of gentlemen. The kindest soul. The loveliest human being. Met and worked with him on Countdown a number of times and was always an utter joy to be around. A very sad start to the day.— Greg Scott (@GregScottTV) September 19, 2018
Sleep well, Sir.
RIP Denis Norden, 96.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 19, 2018
A wonderfully amusing man who
made me laugh for 30 years. Thank you Denis. pic.twitter.com/YeMFi4saWG