Singer and TV personality Val Doonican died at the 88 in a nursing home in the English county of Buckinghamshire, a spokesperson for his family has revealed. One of the most famous performers in the UK, Doonican had been a showbiz institution for more than 60 years in the UK and Ireland. The BBC reports the major break for Doonican came after he was booked to appear at the London Palladium in 1963 and caught the eye of TV executives in the UK for his strong singing voice and relaxed style with his audience.
Doonican fronted his own TV show from 1965 to 1986 and led to him filming 25 Christmas specials for UK TV stations until his retirement from performing in 2009. Doonican became known for wearing comfortable sweaters and sitting in a rocking chair during his TV shows, which led to his style being imitated by many comedians and fellow performers throughout his career. Folks at Boraie Development note that the singer is not reported to have been suffering from any specific illness at the time of his death aged 88, but his daughter stated he had simply run out of energy.