Comedian Eddie Large dies at 78

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Scottish comedian Edward Hugh McGinnis, popularly known as Eddie Large, died after contracting coronavirus.

The 78-year-old comedian, better known as "half the comedy duo Little and Large," suffered from heart failure before contracting the deadly virus.

Large's death was announced by his son, Ryan McGinnis, who in a Facebook post on Thursday stated that his father contracted the virus while in hospital.

He wrote: “It is with great sadness that Mom and I need to announce that my father passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"He had been suffering from heart failure and unfortunately, while in the hospital, he contracted the coronavirus, which unfortunately his heart was not strong enough to fight. Dad had fought bravely for so long.

"Due to this horrible disease, we were unable to visit him in the hospital, but all his family and close friends spoke to him every day.

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he accomplished in his career with Syd and we know he was well liked by the millions who watched them every week."

Large was a popular face on television in the 1970s and 1980s and was famous for his association with Syd Little.

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