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Showbiz in mourning for ventriloquist Keith Harris

By Robert Dex

Ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with puppet duck Orville, died yesterday aged 67, his agent said.

Robert C Kelly said Harris, whom he described as a "thoroughly decent man", was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and became ill again in January.

He said: "Keith was not only a technically great ventriloquist, he was also a gifted mimic and an extraordinarily funny man both on stage and off."

Harris, who married four times, had three children. At the height of his fame, he was a Saturday night television regular and put on private shows at birthday parties for princes William and Harry.

His 1982 single with Orville, I Wish I Could Fly, was a top five hit and sold over 400,000 copies.

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