The news was announced on his Facebook page this morning, with his manager saying: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of renowned Cornish comedian Jethro.”
His manager continued: “Jethro leaves behind his partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his very beloved grandchildren.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all the time to grieve. We will continue to support each other knowing that our lives will never be the same without him.”
Jethro – real name Geoffrey Rowe – has been a comedian for 50 years. He regularly participates in entertainment in Devon and Cornwall, with stand-ups that make use of his strong Cornish accent.
He has appeared on television on Performance Des O’Connor and Generation Games in the 1990s and in 2001, performed as part of the Royal Variety Show.
Throughout his career, he has been heavily criticized for making racist, sexist and homophobic jokes.
Jethro retired in February, telling fans: “I think it’s time to put down my mic. It was a difficult decision but my memory made it easier. A big thank you to everyone who has come to see me over the past 50 years. ”
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