Eddie Large’s wife, Patsy McGinnis, has revealed she begged nurses to let her see him before he died, but wasn’t allowed in due to restrictions over coronavirus.
The comedian, who was one half of Little And Large with Syd Little, died aged 78 after contracting coronavirus while in hospital for heart failure.
Patsy revealed that she begged to see Eddie but wasn’t allowed due to the risk of infection, telling The Mirror: ‘I was saying “please… please”, but they said they couldn’t let anyone in.
‘It broke my heart I couldn’t be with him those last days.’
She’s also unsure whether she will be allowed to see Eddie’s body to say goodbye before his funeral, and his comedy partner Syd won’t be allowed to his funeral as rules currently state only close family members can attend due to social distancing.
Eddie died four days after testing positive for coronavirus, and Patsy spoke to him for the final time just hours before he passed away.
She said: ‘The last words I said to him were “darling I love you, we all miss you so much and really want you to be able to come home”.
‘He wasn’t feeling good and said “I’m going to have to go darling”. Then he said “I love you” , put the phone down and that was it.
‘At 4am the hospital rang to tell us he had passed away.’
Eddie and Patsy met in 1977 when they both starred in panto together in Aladdin.
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He had been admitted to hospital at the end of February after picking up an infection fue to his weakened immune system and suffered another suspected heart attack.
Eddie had been told then that he only had days or weeks to live, but once he tested positive for coronavirus his family were no longer allowed to visit him.
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