Liverpool John Moores University has paid its own tribute to television legend Paul O’Grady after his sudden death.
The Wirral-born celebrity and animal rights campaigner was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the university in 2005 for his services to television and entertainment.
His fellowship was presented to him by Professor Frank Sanderson.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our honorary fellow Paul O’Grady.
Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time. pic.twitter.com/NX1WQG9oyj
— Liverpool John Moores University (@LJMU) March 29, 2023
Professor Sanderson said at the time how Paul O’Grady’s life had been a “memorable roller-coaster ride”, and those words still ring true today.
O’Grady was television royalty, having first risen to fame with his drag alter-ego, Lily Savage.
Prof Sanderson said: “Lily was described as an abrasive, brazen, bottle-blonde from Birkenhead, or more prosaically, as a vampish Liverpudlian woman.”
In his later career, O’Grady was known for being himself, and hosted a number of successful television shows.
These shows include ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ and ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’.
He was a true television icon in every sense of the word, Paul O’Grady will be greatly missed.
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