He Wednesday Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage. Paying tribute, Holmes said: "To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats". There is no one else that comes close.
Dodd, who died at the age of 90 on Sunday, continued to perform right through to his later years, bringing the energy and stamina of a man half his age to his manic routines in theatres up and down the land. He's never lived anywhere else. The human tickling stick is gone and it's a sadder world.
John Bishop, who was born in Liverpool, wrote on Instagram: "True comedy legend".
Mr Holmes added: "He asked Anne if she wanted to marry". Dodd, who had recently been hospitalized with a chest infection, married his long-time partner Anne Jones on Friday.
'He died two days later on Mother's Day. Anne is obviously very upset.
They first starting dating when the comedy legend was 50-years-old after his first long-term partner Anita Boutin passed away from a brain tumour in 1977.
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A Shanklin Theatre spokesperson said: "We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd today. It's absolutely wonderful", Holmes said. "Anne was in the process of cancelling all of his dates because when Ken goes on stage he's up there for about four hours". "How tickled I am to have known him".
"We will miss him".
Did you meet or work with Dodd? His single "Tears" was the third highest-selling song of the 1960s and his signature tune Happiness left an imprint on a million heart.
The veteran comic was knighted in honour of his decades-long showbiz career and charity work in March a year ago.
His carefully guarded private life received an unwelcome airing in 1989 when he endured a five-week trial accused of tax fraud.