Bobby Ball remembered as he posthumously appears in Not Going Out festive special
- Bang Showbiz
- 31 December 2020
'Not Going Out' viewers took to social media to remember the late Bobby Ball last night (30.12.20) as he posthumously appeared in the show's Christmas special
Bobby Ball was remembered last night (30.12.20), as he posthumously appeared in the 'Not Going Out' Christmas special.
The festive episode was dedicated to the late actor – who played Frank in the BBC sitcom – following his death in October aged 76, after he tested positive for coronavirus.
As the show came to an end a picture of Bobby appeared and a message read: "In memory of our friend Bobby Ball (1944-2020)"
Several took to social media to share the image, including actor Les Dennis, who paid tribute to the late star.
He wrote: "Bobby Ball was wonderful in Not Going Out tonight. I did a Would I Lie To You just before he passed. Lee Mack spoke with such affection for him. Miss your huge warmth and talent. #rockontommy (sic)"
A number of fans were also left in tears at seeing Bobby on screen again, and several praised his performance in the festive episode.
One wrote: "NOT GOING OUT was an absolute triumph. Congratulations to the whole cast, and a great tribute to Bobby Ball. #notgoingout (sic)"
Another posted: "Sad seeing Bobby Ball knowing he’s just passed away but great seeing him putting a smile on our faces as always in ‘Not Going Out’. RIP BB (sic)"
One shared: "Not going out , great to see Bobby ball , sadly missed funniest man ever (sic)"
Bobby also filmed episodes of the new 'Not Going Out' series, which will start next week.
Following Bobby's passing, his manager said in a statement: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
"Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems.
"At first it was thought to be a chest infection, but a test proved positive for Covid-19."