Comedian Jethro has died at the age of 73 after battling Kovid.
Devastated millions of fans have paid tribute to him Cornish The comic, real name Geoffrey Rowe, passed away on Tuesday.
His management said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of renowned and popular Cornish comedian Jethro.
“Sadly, Jethro passed away on December 14, 2021 after contracting COVID-19,
“Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jenny, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacy and of course his very dear grandchildren.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this sad time and give us all the time to grieve.
“We will continue to support each other in the knowledge that without him our lives will never be the same.”
Jethro Shot to fame in the 1990s after appearing on The Des O’Connor Show and became known for his West Country Take on Life.
He also appeared in TV’s Treasure Hunt and Jim Davidson’s Generation Game.
Paying tribute to the star, one person said on Twitter: “RIP Jethro. Not only a Cornish legend, but a great comedian around the world.”
Another posted: “Oh man, how sad, the best stand up comedian ever in the West Country.
“I’ve seen Jethro so many times. He was fantastic, a top guy, such unique delivery, incredibly funny.
“They don’t make them like him anymore, a sad day.”
Others from the comedy world also shared fond memories of the Joker.
In one video, Jim Davidson said: “We’re all broken. It’s devastating. It’s an understatement to say we’re broken.
‘We are all in shock. These things happen so quickly. He was a great comedian, Jethro. He just loved telling jokes – his timing was impeccable.”
Don French joined the tribute, tweeting: “Some of my most helpless moments with laughter were in his presence. A supremely talented comedian.”
And impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent 2015 finalist Danny Posthill said: “I remember when I first started showing interest in comedy and I used to buy stand up shows on VHS with my paper round money.
“Lee Evans, Chubby Brown, Jim Davidson, Jimmy Jones and Jethro.
“Sadly one of those giants left us today. RIP Jethro. Thanks for the laughs.”
‘Incredibly strange man’
In February 2020, Jethro announced on social media that he was to “hang up my mic” and retire from comedy.
He promised to honor the dates of his upcoming tour, but they were later postponed due to the pandemic.
While he made several TV appearances, Funman was best known for his live acts – even selling a rumored 250,000 theater seats a year.
He died a few months after his brother Les Rowe, aged 75, waited 90 minutes for an ambulance before waiting six hours outside the hospital.
His Window Guineas described him as a “special person” who was “kind, generous and famous”.