Lorraine Kelly has hailed Paul O'Grady as "a really special man" following his death.

Paul O'Grady has died aged 67

Paul O'Grady has died aged 67

The 63-year-old star has led tributes to the late comedian and TV presenter - who was also known for his iconic drag queen persona Lily Savage - after he died on Tuesday aged 67.

She tweeted: "Such sad news. Paul O’Grady - funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise. Will be sorely missed. A really special man."

'Good Morning Britain' star Charlotte Hawkins wrote: "Oh no, such sad news to wake up to that the magnificent Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67.

"What a warm-hearted, hugely talented and funny man he was. Plus a dog-lover of course, with his brilliant show @RealPOGDogs supporting @Battersea_. Such a loss [and] gone too young"

Actor John Barrowman admitted he was "totally shocked and sad" after hearing "the awful news".

He added: "I am totally shocked and sad to hear the awful news that Paul O'Grady has died. An awesome talent stretching decades.

"From watching him as Lily Savage at the Vauxhall Tavern to sitting with him laughing backstage at West End Bares to being a guest on his @itv Paul O'Grady show..."

Singer Aled Jones described him as "a lovely lovely person", while Vernon Kay hailed him as "one of the nicest and kindest people" he's ever met.

Vernon continued on Twitter: "Always a joy to be around and obviously, so much fun. He will be missed. Telly and friends have lost one of the best… RIP."

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: "RIP Paul O'Grady, 67. A wonderfully warm, mischievous, hilarious guy with a sublime natural talent for broadcasting and making people laugh."

'Countdown' legend Carol Vorderman suggested O'Grady would be "Already giving them raucous, ripping up the rulebook, mischief making, calling it out, loving hell in heaven".

She added: "Paul, what are we meant to do without you?"

And Danny Beard, who won the fourth series of 'Ru Paul's Drag Race UK', described the late star as "the most important person in British culture for drag".

He told 'BBC Breakfast': "I don't think there's anyone who does the job that I do that doesn't class Paul as an icon."

O'Grady died "unexpectedly and peacefully" on Tuesday (28.03.23) evening, according to his partner Andre Portasio.

He said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

"He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

"I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years."