Latest news on Lionel Blair’s death: Tributes are pouring in for the 92-year-old ‘legendary’ dancer and presenter, who died peacefully with his family by his side.
Lionel Blair, a legendary showbiz entertainer, has died at the age of 92.
Since the 1970s, the Give Us a Clue star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant has been a familiar face on British television.
He died surrounded by his family, according to his management company.
“He lived to a very ripe old age, he was loved by his family, and I believe he died in their company, which is lovely,” his agent said.
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Lionel, on the other hand, was not alone for long, and in 1967 he met his long-time wife, Susan.
He had to get past a minor stumbling block first.
She was in a relationship with one of his close friends.
“I walked in the room and honestly, one look at her and it hit me,” Lionel recalled.
“I said to myself, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.'”
Unfortunately for Lionel, his father, Myer Ogus, passed away during an operation a year after the family returned to London.
The performer was only 13 years old at the time, and his loss was devastating.
“He had a hernia that he thought he’d cured, but he hadn’t, and it strangulated, and he also had a duodenal ulcer,” Lionel explained.
He went into an operating room and died.
The entire family was stunned.
“It was a game changer.”
It was the first time I thought to myself, “I’ll never see him again.”
It was horrible, and I don’t think I’ve ever been through anything like it.
After Dad died, I had to force myself to grow up quickly.
We didn’t have enough money, so I had to work.
My father was ecstatic when I started working as a boy actor, but I grew too old for little boy roles and too young for adult roles.
“Because I could dance, I became interested in musical theater and began performing with Joyce.”
However, my mother died just as we were becoming well-known on television, leaving us orphans.
Then Joyce married her first husband, Eddie, and I was left to my own devices.”
Susan and Lionel had three children, and Lionel always said that his family was his true success in life, despite his showbiz achievements.
“It all comes down to family for me.”
It’s heaven for us to have three grandchildren.
He explained, “I love them to distraction.”
Having a famous father was difficult for his children at first.
Because of Lione’s outgoing personality, his children were teased at school, and Lionel and Susan eventually decided to send all three of their children to a theater school.
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