Paul O’Grady laments the tragic day in 1988 that changed his life forever

Paul O’Grady is one of the UK’s most popular comedians but his life was turned upside down when his mother died.

The TV star’s mother, Mary, tragically died when Paul was just 33 years old.

Paul was a bright, up-and-coming talent in 1988, only a few years away from mainstream success.

But then he got a call that changed his life forever.


Paul O’Grady says losing his mother changed everything for him (Image credit: ITV)

Paul O’Grady recalls the loss of his mother

“It was like pressing the pause button in the video of my life,” he says in his autobiography Still Standing: The Savage Years.

Her death came as a surprise to Paul, who thought she was just under the weather.

“She had felt bad that morning and although the doctor had asked her to go to the hospital, she refused and said that she would be better after a little lying down.”

“My aunt Anne was reading the newspaper to her in bed when she just closed her eyes and fell asleep.”

To make matters worse, Paul had lost his father Patrick back in 1973.

Both parents had heart attacks in the same week, but only his mother recovered.

But now, without his parents, Paul realized that he had to face the world alone.

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“Papa had died, now my mother was gone. Nothing would ever be the same. But as my Aunt Anne always said: ‘Think about the past, but don’t dwell on it.’

“It was time to stand on your own two feet and get started.”

Which would sure feel bittersweet, just four years after losing his mother, Paul went mainstream.

Paul O'Grady Great British Escape
Paul will return to television later that year (Credit: ITV)

Paul is planning his TV comeback

The TV legend has landed a brand new ITV series.

For the Saturday Night line-up, the former drag queen will interview some of the world’s greatest celebrities.

A TV insider told The Sun, “This is certainly kind of a spectacular comeback for Paul.

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“He was a master when he hosted the Paul O’Grady Show and introduced Blankety Blank as his alter ego, Lily Savage.

The source added, “The nice thing about this show is that Paul is friends with so many famous people that all he has to do is turn to his jam-packed address books to get people to join the new show.”

Superstar Dame Joan Collins will be Paul’s first guest. The show is slated to start this fall.

However, a premiere date has yet to be confirmed by ITV.

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