Eddie Large's widow 'heartbroken' she was banned from final moments
‘Darling, I love you’: Eddie Large’s heartbroken widow reveals her final words to the comedian were spoken over the phone – after she was banned from being by his side before his death
- Patsy McGinnis, 76, spoke of the heartbreaking final conversation with husband
- She wasn’t allowed to see husband after he contracted coronavirus in hospital
- Revealed she doesn’t know if she’ll even be able to see her late husband’s body
Eddie Large’s grieving widow Patsy McGinnis has revealed her heartbreak after being banned from being with her husband in his final moments.
Eddie, one half of the famous comedy double act Little and Large, died at the age of 78 after contracting coronavirus in hospital while being treated for heart failure.
The comedian passed away on early on Thursday morning, four days after testing positive for Covid-19 which he’s believed to have contracted in the hospital where he was being treated for problems with his heart.
Patsy, 76, from Bristol, told the Mirror she begged nurses to let her say her final goodbyes, but was unable to see him to due hospital restrictions – revealing her final words to him were ‘I love you’.
Eddie Large’s grieving widow Patsy McGinnis is ‘heartbroken’ that she was banned from being with her husband during his final moments (The couple are pictured following Eddie’s heart transplant in 2003)
Eddie, one half of the famous comedy double act Little and Large, died at the age of 78 after contracting coronavirus in hospital while being treated for heart failure. He is pictured with Syd Little in 1977
‘I was saying “please… please”, but they said they couldn’t let anyone in,’ said Patsy, ‘It broke my heart I couldn’t be with him those last days.’
She went on: ‘The last words I said to him were “Darling I love you, we all miss you so much and really want you to be able to come home”.’
Patsy revealed how Eddie’s last words to her on the phone call were ‘I love you’, before the hospital phoned her at 4am to tell her Eddie had passed away.
She also said that Eddie’s comedy partner Syd Little, who has been friends with Eddie since they were teenagers and worked with him from 1963 is ‘heartbroken’ that he may not be able to attend the funeral.
Patsy begged nurses to let her say her final goodbyes, but was unable to see him to due hospital restrictions. They are pictured at the Bob Monkhouse BAFTA Tribute at BBC Television Centre in West London
‘We haven’t been able to see Eddie’s body since and I’m not sure if we’ll be allowed to’, she revealed.
Eddie, a lifelong Manchester City fan who lived with his wife in Portishead, near Bristol, died alone in hospital, with his son Ryan 37, saying ‘his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight’ coronavirus.
He had a heart transplant in 2003 and Patsy revealed that he was in hospital after suffering a heart attack at home.
The comedian, who met former singer and dancer Patsy in Liverpool in 1977, was survived by his son Ryan and his sisters Samantha and Alison from the comic’s first marriage to Sandra Bigwood.
Patsy will plan a larger memorial service following lock-down, where Eddie has left instructions that the Little & Large theme tune, a rock version of club anthem Blue Moon and Leona Lewis hit Run should be played.
The Glasgow-born comedian, whose real name was Edward Hugh McGinnis, was known for his partnership with Syd Little which spanned five decades after winning Opportunity Knocks in 1971. They are pictured in 1980
The Glasgow-born comedian, whose real name was Edward Hugh McGinnis, was known for his partnership with Syd Little which spanned five decades after winning Opportunity Knocks in 1971.
Little and Large met in a Wythenshawe pub when Eddie heckled Syd during a stand-up routine and the duo would become among the biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s – at their peak up to 25 million viewers would watch their weekly TV show.
But in the 1990s Eddie suffered health problems, leading to the premature end of their act, and they were last seen on screen together in February 2019 for a celebrity special of the BBC’s Pointless game show.
Mr Large, who was famous for his singing and impressions, is the most famous Briton to be killed by coronavirus, which has now claimed 4,313 lives in the UK.
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