Sir Ken Dodd, creator of the Diddy Men and one of the most popular comedians of his time, has died aged 90.
The Liverpool legend had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.
On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.
Lady Anne described him as "a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian".
Speaking outside their home, she said Sir Ken "just wanted to make people happy".
She added: "I have lost a most wonderful husband. He lived to perfect his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences.
"I've been overwhelmed by the love and affection which I've already received from dear friends and the public."
Sir Paul McCartney tweeted a picture of Sir Ken with The Beatles, saying he was "a champion of his home city and comedy".
The flags at several buildings in Liverpool - including the Town Hall, St George's Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library - are also flying at half-mast as a mark of respect.
Sir Ken was famous for his very long stand-up shows - with which he was touring until last year - along with his Diddy Men and the tickling stick.