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British TV Entertainer Des O’Connor Dies at 88

British TV entertainer Des O’Connor has died at the age of 88. O’Connor had a long, internationally acclaimed career on television and on stage, presenting prime-time shows for 45 years. He died “peacefully in his sleep” on Saturday, a week after suffering a fall at home, his agent and family friend Pat Lake-Smith confirmed. Lake-Smith said O’Connor was “well loved by absolutely everyone” and “a joy to work with.” Paying tribute to the TV legend, Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: “A wondrously talented, warm, funny, charming man. Truly one of the nicest people in showbiz. What very sad news. Thanks for all the fun, Des.” Susie Dent, the Countdown star, said: “We have lost a true gent, one who was never more than a note away from a song or a laugh, and who never failed to say ‘piddle, bum, and stocking tops’ if any of us fluffed a line. …