BOBBY Ball has sadly passed away after testing positive for coronavirus.
His wife, Yvonne Ball has shared an emotional tribute, saying: “I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.”
Who is Bobby Ball's wife Yvonne?
Yvonne's name before marrying the funny man was Yvonne Nugent.
She can be found on Twitter @vonvonball, where she regularly shares comments praising Bobby and his work.
Together with Bobby, Yvonne is a Blue Skies patron.
In January 2020 the couple unveiled a new fundraising office in the main entrance at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Bobby revealed to BBC Tees in 2016 that he'd often wake Yvonne up at 2am after performing at a club to share an idea with her, much to her annoyance.
Not much more is known about Yvonne's personal life as she does not work in showbiz herself.
When Bobby went into the jungle on I'm A Celebrity he notably kept calling out Yvonne's name on the bridge.
Clearly devoted to one another, the first thing Yvonne said to Bobby when they were reunited is "You don't know what I've been through".
How did the couple meet?
It's not clear when exactly the couple met, but they first encountered each other at Stockton Fiesta club night in County Durham.
Bobby had been performing and had noticed her in the club where she had been working as a waitress, known in the club as a Fiesta Fawn.
Speaking to BBC Tees, he said: "We were playing there … she came downstairs in a little mini skirt, looked at me and Tommy, shook her head and walked away. I thought, 'I’d spend my life with her.'"
Bobby said it was love at first sight for him, while she referred to him as "little fella" when they first got talking.
When did they get married?
Bobby and Yvonne married in 1974, but some reports claim it was 1971.
Bobby had been previously married to Joan Lynn from 1964 to 1970.
With Yvonne, Bobby had been living in Lytham, Lancashire.
They have 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Bobby's sons Darren and Robert are from his first marriage, and he has a daughter called Joanne.
In the official statement on Bobby's death, Yvonne mentioned how "wonderful" hospital staff were.
"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough."
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