Val Doonican has died. He was an English singer at the time of his death he was eighty-eight years old. He was known for his traditional pop, easy listening and swing music and noted for his warm and relaxed style.
According to The Guardian, he had,
“an easygoing, homely charm that enchanted middle England.
His family let everyone know that he died peacefully at a Buckinghamshire nursing home. He was ill but his daughter expressed,
his “batteries had just run out”.
In a statement, his family said:
“He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by family, friends and his many fans.” Irish entertainer Roy Walker told the BBC Doonican was “an example to everybody”. “The way he conducted himself he was the consummate professional. “In the early days I was his opening comedian and he was one of the most generous people on stage. He would go out and do 10 minutes at the top of the show and introduce you – even though you were nobody – as his ‘very special guest’. “He was a joy to be with, a pleasure to work with and one of the all-time good guys in showbusiness.”
he was also known for his trademark rocking chair, colourful knitwear, colourful jumpers and cardigans and fronted about twenty-five Christmas specials.
Sir Bruce Forsyth also paid tribute saying,
“he was a one-off”. “He was just a lovely guy. What you saw is what you got, this is a very sad day”, he told the BBC. “Although we never saw him very much in the last few years, I worked with him a couple of times and enjoyed that very much. “He had this way of relaxing his co-stars and his audience and that went right through the screens into your homes. “It’s not simple to do what he did. To be relaxed as he was is an art. You can’t go in front of millions of people on television and be that relaxed and that good.”
Val Doonican “brought joy to many people”, says Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell Irish singer,
he told the BBC it was a “very sad day for the music industry”.
He went from being a Doonican fan to working with him.
“The first time I met him it was lovely and I was certainly not disappointed from what I had built up in my mind of what he might be like. “He was a very peaceful man and had a very calm persona, just as he came across on television. He was a funny man, he would joke away. “He had a great voice and had the big hits with the songs we remember but there were also the funny songs that captured people’s imaginations too. He certainly was able to entertain in the widest possible sense.” null
He and his wife Lynn have been married for fifty-four years, who he leave behind to mourn along with his daughters Sarah and Fiona and grandchildren Bethany and Scott.
Irish comic Adrian Walsh tweeted:
“Spent four years as an opening act for Val Doonican. He was one of the greats on and of [sic] stage. Thank you for your friendship.”
He was from Waterford, Ireland.