British comedian, Geoffrey Rowe, better known as Jethro, has died at the age of 73 after contracting Covid-19.
The sad news was announced on his official Facebook page, with a statement reading: ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro.
‘Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting Covid-19.
‘Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren.
The comedy star was double-jabbed and had received a booster vaccination, Sky News understands.
Jethro, whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe, was born in St Buryan in west Cornwall and was one of the most famous performers to ever come out of the county.
He rose to fame in the 1980s and was best known for his unique style and observational comedy, including pieces about living in Cornwall.
A regular on TV shows hosted by Des O’Connor, his other TV credits included the 2001 Royal Variety Performance and Jim Davidson’s Generation Game.
In 2020, he announced his retirement, saying: “Great big thank you to everyone that has come to see me over the last 50 years, I’m sure I enjoyed you’re company more than you enjoyed mine.”