Veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne dies in husband’s arms in his Blackpool home

Singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne has died aged 64 after a battle with cancer, his family have confirmed. 

Joe died peacefully in his sleep at 2am on Saturday, in the arms of his husband and surrounded by loved ones, his family said in a statement. 

‘It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation’s beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool,’ they said. 

Singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne has died aged 64 after a battle with cancer, his family have confirmed

Singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne has died aged 64 after a battle with cancer, his family have confirmed

Singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne has died aged 64 after a battle with cancer, his family have confirmed

'It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation's beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool,' the statement read

'It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation's beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool,' the statement read

‘It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation’s beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool,’ the statement read

‘Joe died in his bedroom, laying in the arms of his devoted husband of 21 years Jamie, with his rosary beads clutched tight to his chest.’ 

‘He leaves behind sister Ann and brother John. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Jamie and all the family at this sad time.’

The star singer was born into an entertainment family of Romani descent in Hull, in 31 May 1955. 

He shot to fame after appearing on the London Weekend Television series ‘Search for a Star’ in 1981. 

His roaring success on the show led him to perform at venues such as the London Palladium and a month-long season at London’s Talk of the Town. 

He shot to fame after appearing on the London Weekend Television series 'Search for a Star' in 1981 (pictured on the show)

He shot to fame after appearing on the London Weekend Television series 'Search for a Star' in 1981 (pictured on the show)

He shot to fame after appearing on the London Weekend Television series ‘Search for a Star’ in 1981 (pictured on the show) 

The late singer Joe Longthorne performs on the comedy television series 'The Les Dennis Laughter Show', March 20th, 1988

The late singer Joe Longthorne performs on the comedy television series 'The Les Dennis Laughter Show', March 20th, 1988

The late singer Joe Longthorne performs on the comedy television series ‘The Les Dennis Laughter Show’, March 20th, 1988 

Longthorne performs at ITV live extravaganza show 'A Night of 100 Stars' in December 1990

Longthorne performs at ITV live extravaganza show 'A Night of 100 Stars' in December 1990

Longthorne performs at ITV live extravaganza show ‘A Night of 100 Stars’ in December 1990

He had battled with cancer for much of his adult life, after first being diagnosed with blood cancer in 1987 which ended with a diagnosis of chronic lymphatic lymphoma two years later.  

He received treatment for the disease but in 2005 the lymphoma degenerated into Leukemia and he underwent a bone marrow transplant.

He was then diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014 but was determined to continue performing. 

Having splashed out on a private helicopter, expensive cars, £1000 suits, and a six-bedroom mansion in Maidenhead, Longthorne filed for bankruptcy in 1996, allegedly due to ‘financial mismanagement’ following a change of management in 1994.

At age 39, he admitted, ‘I have hit a brick wall where I am unable to pay my debts.’ 

Before his marriage to Jamie, Joe also has a son, Ricky, with a woman named Susan.

He had been living in Blackpool, Lancashire with his husband at the time of his death.

Joe had been living in Blackpool, Lancashire with his husband at the time of his death

Joe had been living in Blackpool, Lancashire with his husband at the time of his death

Joe had been living in Blackpool, Lancashire with his husband at the time of his death

 

 

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