The Royal Variety Charity has confirmed that beloved comedian Mike Yarwood has died at the age of 82.

The star died in hospital on Friday September 8.

Impersonator Mike leaves behind two daughters, whom he shared with his ex-wife, dancer Sandra Burville.

In a post shared to X, formerly known as Twitter, the organisation said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of the legendary comedian and impersonator, #MikeYarwood, OBE.

“Mike leaves behind an immeasurable void in the entertainment industry.

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“We send our deepest condolences to Mike’s family, his many friends and fans. RIP.”

The post was accompanied by a sweet photo of Mike meeting the late Queen Elizabeth II, who was holding a bunch of flowers as she smiled at the comedian.

Many celebrities and fans rushed to pay tribute to Mike, including Piers Morgan, who remembered watching the funnyman when he was growing up.

The TalkTV host wrote: “Sad news. Massive TV star when I was growing up, and such a gifted comedian & impressionist. RIP Mike, and thanks for all the laughs.”

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The operations manager at the Royal Variety, Peter Hinton, also shared: “I shall sorely miss Mike. Our brilliant chats and our proper belly laughs.

“There was no one like him before, and none like him left. A real gentle man and a truly unique, one of a kind. Rest in Peace.”

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