He was a bit rasest but he was funny
*WARNING NOT FOR UNDER 18s*Controversial comedian Bernard Manning has died aged 76 after being treated in hospital for a kidney condition.
He shot to fame in the 1970s on ITV programme The Comedians, having already developed a career in music as a vocalist and a compere.
His website branded him "one of the most outrageous and successful comedians of our time".
Manchester-based Manning denied being racist, once remarking: "I tell jokes. You never take a joke seriously." However, in 2002, he was banned from performing in the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth, where councillors were worried that his act would breach laws on race.
He died in North Manchester General Hospital at 1510 BST on Monday.
Last month a tribute to him was paid at the recording of a proposed TV show entitled This Was Your Life, in front of an audience of 600 friends and fans. He told them: "I'm going to be with you for a long time yet!"
Damn it I hate when funny comedains die