Sir Ken's publicist Robert Holmes added: "With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety". His father then bought him a ventriloquist's dummy, and the young Dodd began putting on shows at a local orphanage.
Sir Ken Dodd was a regular and favourite fixture on the Congress Theatre summer season, playing to sell out houses at the 1,600 seat venue and keeping the audiences laughing into the small hours with shows which often went into five hours or more.
The West End star also said Ken had regularly asked her about her three-year-old son Jaxon and offered to help if he wanted to follow in his mother's showbiz footsteps.
On Monday Paul McCartney tweeted a picture of The Beatles with Dodd in the 1960s, alongside a statement bidding "farewell to my fellow Liverpudlian the tattyfilarious Ken Dodd". We met him on a few occasions as The Beatles and always ended up in tears of laughter.
Ken Dodd first trod the boards at the old Queen's Theatre in October, 1954, and appeared at the Grand Theatre in November 2017 as part of the Sunday concerts.
Glowing tributes have been paid to comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd following his death - with the boss of The Sands Centre in Carlisle calling him an "undoubted superstar". His last ever performance was at The Auditorium in the Liverpool Echo Arena in December. City officials in Liverpool have ordered flags be flown at half-mast above a number of civic buildings, including the town hall and central library, the BBC reported.
She said she had "lost a most wonderful husband".
Sir Ken had suffered from a chest infection for six weeks before he passed away.
"He's quietly supported more than 100 charities and he and his long-term partner, Anne, are very committed to making a difference to people's lives in poorer communities".
British comedian Ken Dodd, whose seven-decade career stretched from the music-hall era to the age of social media, has died.
Presenters Ant and Dec wrote on Twitter: "So sad to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd".
Kate & Jay reflect on his incredible career, and give you info on how you can also pay tribute to a comedy icon today in Liverpool. "Entertainer" by Wiltshire artist David Cobley.