Paul O’Grady death: RSPCA join tributes to late TV star and animal lover
The RSPCA have honoured late TV entertainer and animal lover Paul O’Grady following news of his death aged 67. As well as being familiar to TV audiences as a presenter or as Lily Savage, O’Grady also had a well-known love of animals.
In a statement on social media, the RSPCA said they were "heartbroken" to hear the news of O’Grady’s passing. The charity also went on to describe the TV star as a "shining light for animals with an inspirational passion and drive to help them."
The charity is one of many animal rights and welfare organisations who have honoured him. Battersea Cats And Dogs Home, in which O’Grady was an ambassador of, has also shared a tribute on social media.
News of the TV personality’s death was announced today after his partner Andre Portasio confirmed O’Grady had died on Tuesday evening (March 28). A cause of death is yet to be announced. However, in a statement announcing the news Portasio said the entertainer died "unexpectedly but peacefully."
While O’Grady became a familiar face to TV audiences as the host of classic shows such as Blankety Blank and later Blind Date, his love of animals was also shared on-screen through his award-winning series For The Love Of Dogs.
RSPCA honours Paul O’Grady’s love of animals
Following the news of his passing, the animal charity shared a statement on Twitter in tribute to the popular television personality.
The message read: "We’re heartbroken to hear the news that the wonderful Paul O’Grady has passed away. He was a shining light for animals with an inspirational passion and drive to help them. Our thoughts are with Paul’s loved ones, his many animals and our friends at @Battersea_."
The charity had previously honoured his animal welfare efforts as, in 2016, the RSPCA recognised him at their annual Animal Hero Awards. At the ceremony, he received the outstanding contribution to animal welfare prize.
RSPCA's chief executive, Chris Sherwood, has also honoured entertainer. The tribute reads: "Paul O'Grady's love for animals and the incredible way he told their stories inspired countless families to re-home rescue pets and give them a second chance of happiness.
"His tireless campaigning saw Paul recognised with an RSPCA Animal Hero Award for his outstanding contribution to animal welfare, while he once adopted a little lamb Winston from us who had been rescued from a wheelie bin. The thoughts of all at the RSPCA are with his loved ones and our friends at Battersea at this difficult and sad time."