Councillor Kennedy said: “Liverpool has lost one of its greatest sons. Ken was a phenomenal entertainer and I was proud to have called him my friend.
“He was a wonderful ambassador for the city, a tireless fundraiser for charities, and quite simply one of the nation’s greatest comics. He will be sadly missed.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson added: “Liverpool mourns one of its most famous sons and the greatest ever comedian, Sir Ken Dodd. We are comforted by the joy and happiness he brought to the world. My sincere condolences to Lady Anne.”