Co-stars lead tributes
Lionel Sheila Ferguson’s Real Marigold Hotel co-star led tributes by writing: “Hom. I just heard that my dear #LionelBlair has passed away.
“Iconically I was just thinking about him today. My heart aches. #RIPLionelBlair. A friend since the 70’s, #TheRealMarigoldHotel and beyond. 💔.”
Morning television legend Nick Owen added: “I am sorry to hear that Lionel Blair has passed away.
“Always good company and great guest on the breakfast couch at TV-am and Good Morning with Anne and Nick. RIP Lionel.”
Comedian and author Julian Clary added: “RIP dear Lionel Blair. A show business troupe if ever existed.”
Actor Eddie Marsan posted the dancer’s 1961 performance at the Royal Variety Performance with Sammy Davis Jr. writing: “Terribly sad that Lionel Blair is dead.
“Want to know how talented he really was? Look at this.”