By Hugh Dunnett, Crime Correspondent
Tributes were pouring in for TV star Mr Blobby today after his mummified remains were found in a cupboard.
The larger-than-life character, known for his house party lifestyle, has not been seen for years and was presumed to have retired.
But a house clearance at a secluded country home near Ipswich, Suffolk found the remains of the pink star with yellow spots.
He appeared to be standing in the cupboard, leaning back and clutching a photograph of his pal, Noel Edmonds.
Startled workmen called police, fearing there may have been foul play at work.
But a post mortem concluded that, apart from a crime against comedy, Mr Blobby had died of natural causes.
It is now believed Mr Blobby had retired to the grand house at Westerfield. Locals say he had been banned from local pubs because he kept bumping into people.
One customer, Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “I wish I could say he kept himself to himself.
“That’s what people always quote in the local newspaper, isn’t it?
“But he was a bit of a nuisance, bumping into everyone, spilling drinks, falling over and shouting, ‘Blobby, Blobby, Blobby’.
“He lived in the big house at the top of the hill.
“We hadn’t seen him for years, but this discovery explains why.
“He’s definitely got a crinkley bottom now.”
Mr Blobby will be given a proper burial at a private funeral.
A police spokesman said: “We are not entirely sure why Mr Blobby died in the cupboard. Perhaps he was trying to fix the door.”
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