Comedian Jethro dies aged 73 after contracting Covid-19
He was 73-years-old.
British comedian Jethro has sadly passed away from Covid-19, according to his manager.
The news was revealed on Wednesday morning (15 December) on his Facebook page and originally reported by Cornwall Live who revealed that Jethro - real name Geoffrey Rowe - passed away on Tuesday aged 73.
A spokesperson for Jethro's estate released a statement that read: "Tragically Jethro passed away on 14 December 2021 after contracting Covid-19. Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, step daughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren.
"We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all time to grieve. We will continue to support each other in the knowledge that our lives will never be the same without him."
Jethro was originally born in St Buryan, Cornwall, in 1948 and rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, with appearances on The Des O'Connor Show and several guest spots on programmes hosted by controversial comic Jim Davidson helping to make him a household name.
He was best known for his observational comedy, much of which took inspiration from his rural Cornwall home.
Upon hearing the news, his fans have share their condolences to the late comedian on social media.
RIP Jethro, such a brilliant comedian. pic.twitter.com/vQiYBR7beu
— Ari and Wild NFT (@Chrisw2490) December 15, 2021
Clips of his work were also shared:
Thanks for the laughs RIP #Jethro ☹️ pic.twitter.com/Q6CO9oShfz
— Jim Calvert (@coastal16) December 15, 2021
Even Great Western Railway posted a message in his memory:
We were really sad to hear about the passing of Jethro.
May you rest peacefully in the knowledge that the train does indeed now stop at Camborne on Wednesdays. #jethro https://t.co/OVQKhUJLGO
— GWR (@GWRHelp) December 15, 2021
Jethro lived in Lewdown near the Cornish border where he bred horses and owned a comedy club which closed back in 2012.
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