British singer and TV host Joan Regan has died, aged 85. The star reportedly passed away in London on Thursday (12Sep13), but no more details about her death were available as WENN went to press.
Regan launched her singing career in the 1950s, scoring a number of hits with covers of American classics, and she moved into TV when she was given a regular singing slot on BBC series Quite Contrary. She later landed her own show, Be My Guest, which featured variety performances and ran for four seasons.
She also became a regular on the London stage, appearing alongside stars including Max Bygraves and Sir Cliff Richard, while Regan went on to appear on TV in America singing with big names such as Perry Como.
Regan suffered a major blow in 1984 when she fell in the shower and hit head her, causing a blood clot on the brain which left her paralysed and unable to speak. However, she fought back and made a complete recovery, even reviving her singing career.
The comedian and variety performer passed away in his sleep at his home in Queensland, Australia on Friday (31Aug12) after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Bygraves entered the entertainment industry as a young man after he was refused entry to Britain's Royal Air Force because of his poor eyesight.
In the 1950s and '60s he enjoyed several movie roles and went on to present hit TV shows including Family Fortunes. He also had a stellar singing career, releasing several popular records.
Bygraves later emigrated to Australia but was left devastated by the death of his wife Blossom last year (11).
He is survived by his six children.
The actor/singer is said to be "devastated" after Blossom Murray, 88, passed away at a care home in Queensland, Australia.
She had been battling a long-term chest complaint and the couple moved Down Under from the U.K. three years ago in the hope the warmer climate would help her beat the illness.
According to Britain's Daily Mail, friends of the couple have jetted to Australia to comfort the 88-year-old star.
Bygraves was a popular singer and movie star in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, and was once invited by Judy Garland to perform with her in New York. He later moved into light entertainment and TV work before retiring from showbiz.