&#thirty-nine;Knighthood Campaign' For Corbett Before Death

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:14 PM

David Walliams is reported to have started a tender to have the comedian's title added to the Queen's ninetieth Birthday Honours list.

&#thirty-nine;Knighthood Campaign' For Corbett Before Death

Ronnie Corbett, who was suffering from a form of motor neurone sickness when he died, was reportedly being considered for a knighthood.

Tributes were paid to the diminutive star who died on Thursday, having been one of the country'south most popular entertainers.

It's understood comedian David Walliams launched a campaign to comprise the 85-year-old on the Queen's ninetieth Birthday Honours list as concerns about his health grew.

A panel which bestows the titles had received a no of letters from well-known names in support of his nomination.

Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellowes, who sits on the arts and media honours committee, told The Daily Telegraph he thought "he [Corbett] should've been awarded a knighthood" - although he refused to discuss the workings of the panel.

Writing in the Daily Mail, a companion of the entertainer, Michael Thornton, said he contacted the Cabinet Office to propose a knighthood "several months ago".

He said there was a "virtual stampede on the portion of celebrated figures" when it came to gathering letters in support of the nomination.

At the time Corbett was "fighting to survive" after being diagnosed with suspected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease, Mister Thornton said.

The entertainer'south first honour came in one thousand nine hundred seventy-eighth, when he was awarded the OBE alongside comedy partner Ronnie Barker.

The pair were household favourites at the time for their sketch show, The Two Ronnies.

In two thousand-eleventh Corbett said he didn't imagine he'd get a knighthood, adding that Barker, who died in two thousand-fifth, should've been made Sir Ronnie.

Corbett was made CBE in two thousand-twelfth but the knighthood that some people believed he deserved eluded him.

Speaking in two thousand-fifteenth, Sir Bruce Forsyth questioned why figures from the world of comedy "seem to be left out".

The former Strictly Arrive Dancing : "A grand huge hole has been left in show business."

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