I have just heard this sad news.
He was my fathers hero(ine) - the one upon whom Dad modelled his glamorous interpretation of the Pantomime dame. Danny La Rue's stage dresses were legendary (I was commanded to make Dad's as close as possible to "the real thing" - but without the resources of La Rue's budget) - his stage presence was even greater.
He paved the way for the modern "glamorous" drag act...though like many others of his generation and inclinations who have found refuge in the accommodating world of the theatre, he struggled to come out as gay until late in his life. Thankfully, so thankfully, the world is a different place now.
He brought joy and tears of laughter to millions - and even provided material for one of my essays! They don't make many like him any more - a true professional, the world will be a slightly less joyous place tonight without him.
I hope he is at peace now - though in my imagination, I'd love to think of him and my Pa, on fluffy pink clouds somewhere, (studded with MILLIONS of sequins, naturally!) playing Mother Kelly's Doorstep on their harps, a glass of gin in their hands, having the most wonderful time, comparing frocks, frills, feathers and furbelows.
Rest In Peace, Danny La Rue.