Singer Val Doonican dies aged 88

Val Doonican (right) with Arthur Askey in 1967.

Val Doonican (right) with Arthur Askey in 1967.

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.

His family told the BBC that he died 'peacefully' on Wednesday night.

The crooner was a big star in the 1960s and was a regular fixture on the BBC with the Val Doonican Show, which featured singing performances by artists.

He was married to Lynnette with whom he had two daughters.

His daughter Sarah told The Guardian: 'Until 87, he was as fit as a flea. It was just old age, I'm afraid - the batteries ran out.'

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