Comedian Eddie Large has died after getting coronavirus.

Eddie and his co-star Syd Little made up the comedy duo Little and Large.

Today Eddie's heartbroken son confirmed his dad had died alone in hospital, because of the strict rules in place to help stop the spread of Covid-19 - reports Mirror Online.

His son Ryan McGinnis broke the sad news on Facebook, telling family and friends that his Scottish comedian dad had passed away at the age of 78.

He wrote: "It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announce that my dad, Edward Mcginnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

"He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted thecoronavirus, which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.

"Dad fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.

"We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week.

Eddie Large and Syd Little Comedians February 1993

"RIP Dad. We love you and miss you from all the family."

Eddie found fame alongside Syd in the talent show Opportunity Knocks, which they won in 1971.

He had suffered from ill health in the last few years and had a heart transplant in 2003, which put an end to his and Syd's double act.

He told the Mirror in 2017: "That phone call to Syd was the most painful I've ever had to make. I was crying my eyes out because I knew I was putting him out of work. He had bills to pay.

"I felt horrible. We weren't just a double act. We were mates, right from the start."

Eighteen million regularly watched the Little and Large show on BBC1.

Little and Large comedians Sid Little comedian & Eddie Large comedian in their costumes for MILLENNIUM DAY

Even after they were forced to give up the entertainment life they lived, Eddie and Syd remained firm friends.

Syd previously said: "We were 14 years on television, but after that you start to come down. You go to theatres and they're half full and me and Eddie thought, 'Hello, this is it'. Every act has its shelf life.

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"We call each other up nearly every day now 'cos we're like two old fellas. It's amazing.

"We can't not say we've had a great life and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

"I liked doing the cruise ships at first, but I hated the travelling. It sounds glamorous, but it wasn't in the end."

Eddie leaves behind his second wife Patsy and his three children, Samantha, Alison and Ryan.