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Tom O’Connor has died aged 81.

The famous comic was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease 14 years ago and family said his condition worsened in the last two years.

His family paid tribute to him this afternoon, calling him a 'true gentleman'.

Liverpudlian O'Connor, had Parkinson's for about 14 years, rose to fame on TV show Opportunity Knocks, which he won a whopping three times.

He also starred in The Comedians and hosted shows such as Name That Tune, Crosswits and the Tom O'Connor Show.

Tom O'Connor on Name That Tune
(Image: Rex)

He leaves a wife and four children.

O'Connor led a campaign for classic 80s gameshow Name That Tune to return back in 2017.

The ex-host of ITV’s song title quiz is so keen he says he would even lend a hand as an assistant on the new format.

He said at the time: “Name That Tune should come back. It’s such a strong show.

O'Connor was famed for hosting on TV and said: “I did seven different game shows and my favourites were Name That Tune and Crosswits.”