Freddie Starr, the comic and musician who was a household name in the 70's, 80's and parts of the 1990's, passed away yesterday at the age of seventy-six.
Something that I'll always remember about him is the ludicrous headline from The Sun back in the 1980's which stated 'Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster'.
Here's what happened.
The story alleges that Starr was at the home of a lady named Lea La Salle. Starr asked her to make him a sandwich. She refused, so Starr ate her hamster which had been placed between two slices of bread.
Apparently. Starr's publicist at the time - Max Clifford - allowed the story to make the press because he thought it would help ticket sales for Starr's upcoming concerts.
Another apparently here - the news did help Starr's UK tour to sell tickets.
Starr has always denied the story and even mentioned it in his autobiography, which was published nine years ago, when he wrote that he has 'never eaten or nibbled a live hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, shrew, vole or any other small animal.'