Tom O’Connor’s death: What caused Tom O’Connor’s death? The comedian’s death has been confirmed by his daughter-in-law.
COMEDIAN Tom O’Connor, the host of game programs like Crosswits, Pick Pockets, The Zodiac Game, and Name That Tune, has passed away.
Tom O’Connor died at the age of 81, according to reports.
The stand-up comedian was most known for starring in some of the top primetime TV programmes in the United Kingdom, including Crosswits and Pick Pockets.
After working as a math and music teacher at St Joan of Arc School in Bootle, the Liverpudlian went on to work as a comic in working men’s clubs.
He first gained notoriety on the TV show Opportunity Knocks, which he won three times, but it was on The Comedians that he got his big break.
By 1977, he had established himself as a household name, hosting his own ITV show.
Tom went on to host shows such as Name That Tune, Crosswits, and the Tom O’Connor Show, which aired every lunchtime and was seen by over 12 million people every day.
Later in life, he appeared on various reality television shows, including Celebrity Come Dine With Me, where he was declared champion.
Tom appeared on Countdown on several occasions, and in 2011, he appeared on Pointless with his daughter-in-law, former athlete Denise Lewis, to win £500 for their chosen charity.
He also dabbled in writing, publishing Take A Funny Turn, an autobiographical, in 1994.
Hundreds of tributes have poured in for the legendary TV performer since word of his passing surfaced this afternoon.
“Lovely man, met him a couple of times,” one Twitter user commented. It’s just that I’m inherently hilarious. RIP.”
“Sad to hear Tom O’Connor has died away, another of the comedians gone,” commented another.
“RIP Tom O’Connor, one of Liverpool’s finest,” said a third.
“A wonderful TV host, great comedian,” one Twitter user added. Never had to resort to using obscene and derogatory language.”
“Saddened to learn of the loss today of Tom O’Connor, who was not only a great comic, but also an excellent actor and television presenter, best known for hosting games programmes such as Crosswits and Pick Pockets,” another wrote. RIP.”
“RIP Tom O’Connor, 81. Comedian, TV game show host, Liverpool legend & a very funny man,” TV host Piers Morgan tweeted. It’s bad news. Tom, thank you for all the laughs.”
The cause of death for O’Connor has yet to be determined.
According to his daughter-in-law, former athlete Denise, the renowned TV host has had Parkinson’s Disease for 14 years. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”