Barbara Windsor's husband shares story about Paul O'Grady following his death

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Barbara Windsor’s husband, Scott Mitchell, has shared an emotional story about Paul O’Grady following his death.

The Paul O’Grady’s Saturday Night Line Up host died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on Tuesday evening at the age of 67, a statement shared with the PA news agency via a representative said.

His husband Andre Portasio said: ‘It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

‘We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

‘He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

‘I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.’

Tributes have been pouring in from the entertainment world, with Carol Vorderman and Lorraine Kelly among the first to pay their respects, while the royal family also shared their condolences.

Scott Mitchell, Barbara Windsor’s husband, has also paid tribute to the iconic star.

Speaking on Wednesday’s (March 29) instalment of This Morning, he said that:

‘As a performer we knew [Paul] was this brilliantly talented, warm man who was very funny and very witty, but as a man he was a lovely friend, especially in my experience, to Barbara, especially when she was ill, Paul never forgot her.

Scott went on to speak about how much time Paul and Barbara would spend together and how, even after Barbara’s death, Paul continued to be a supportive and wonderful friend:

‘He continually came to the house, he would come on the back of a motorbike on his way to work somewhere and he’d sit with her for a couple of hours, and he’d listen to her say the same thing over and over again, he truly, really was a good friend and afterwards to me!

‘He’s never forgotten me and often would pop in to see me, I’m really sad and thinking of Andre and his family’.

It was well known that the EastEnders and Carry On legend and Paul O’Grady were great friends.

Back in 2020, some previously unseen footage was released that saw Cilla Black dancing in a cabaret-inspired number with Paul and Barbara, in rehearsal for what turned out to be a controversial performance at the Royal Variety Show back in 2001.

During the show, it was revealed that Cilla’s appearance at the Royal Variety that year had been something of a comeback for the star, it was the first time the public had seen her perform since the death of her husband Bobby Willis in 1999.

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