Cornish comedian Jethro has sadly passed away after battling with the coronavirus – just 10 months after he retired from performing following a 50-year stint
Cornish comedian Jethro, whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe, has sadly died after battling with Covid, it has been confirmed.
The tragic news was announced by a spokesperson of his on his public Facebook page.
He died on Tuesday (December 14), with the post saying: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro.
“Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting COVID-19.
“Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, step daughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all time to grieve.
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“We will continue to support each other in the knowledge that our lives will never be the same without him.”
Earlier this year, Jethro made the headlines as he retired at the age of 72 after 50 years of performing.
He announced in February: “I think it’s time to hang up my mic.
“It’s been a hard decision but my memory has made it easier. A big thank you to everyone that has come to see me over 50 years.”
He sold four million DVDs and made nine appearances on TV shows hosted by Des O’Connor.
He also made his television debut on Treasure Hunt where he portrayed a pirate co-host.
Jethro appeared on Jim Davidson’s Generation Game five times – twice giving a demo of how to make a Cornish pasty.
The news he quit came a year after fears for his health when he left a stage early, saying: “I cannot do this anymore.”
He commented on Facebook after announcing his retirement: “I’m sure I enjoyed your company more than you enjoyed mine.”
Jethro added: “I will honour all my dates booked in, but as of the end of December I will no longer be working my theatre tours.”
The legendary comedian was born in St Buryan in west Cornwall and is one of the most famous performers to ever come out of the county.
Fans of the star have been left heartbroken by his death, with many taking to Twitter to share their sadness.
One person wrote: “An absolute legend in the field of comedy has passed away today.”
Another penned: “RIP Jethro, a Cornish legend, many a Christmas in my younger years watching his videos.”
“Rest easy Jethro,” a third added.