Welsh Entertainer Stan Stennett Dies Aged 88, Son Confirms

Stan's son has confirmed the sad news

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Much loved Welsh entertainer Stan Stennett has died, aged 88, it's been reported.

BBC News have reported that Stan passed away due to complications that are related to a stroke that he had three weeks ago, with the star's son, Ceri, confirming that his father had died at the University Hospital Of Wales.

Ceri said: "It's all very raw for the family now, but the wider public will say a prayer with us for a great life making people happy and doing a job he adored.

"My dad was a showman through and through. When the final curtain fell he would want people to remember him as someone who tried to spread as much happiness as he possibly could," he added.

"He was one of those people who could spread happinesss throughout the country - not just Wales but much further afield."

Stennett started his performing life when he played guitar in a jazz band during World War II. He then went on to work in radio and television, before becoming a comic entertainer.

The Cardiff born star has performed with household names such as Ken Dodd, Ronnie Corbett, Jimmy Young and Susan Maughan in the past and even appeared in TV soaps including Coronation Street, Casualty and Crossroads.

However, despite all of this, Stan mainly focused on Welsh entertainment and acted in pantomimes at Cardiff's New Theatre for five consecutive years.

"Stan did not want to divorce himself from south Wales, to become the international name that he might have been," said fellow entertainer Wyn Calvin speaking to BBC Radio Wales, adding: "Although he had a reputation around Britain, there was always a love of his home in Cardiff, and of his lovely wife Betty and his family."

His son Ceri added of his father's career: "There weren't many people who my dad hadn't worked with over the years and he could call most of them friends. But he never lost touch with his roots in Wales and Cardiff was home [...] he was as ordinary a person as you would want him to be.

"People always felt my dad was really approachable. He was always really happy to talk to people."

Our thoughts are with Stan's family and friends.