Kenny Everett

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Kenny Everett
Kenny Everett (1944–1995) was a comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer, best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

He was born in Seaforth, Lancashire on Christmas Day 1944 into a Catholic family. His birth name was Maurice James Christopher Cole.[1] Everett attended the local secondary modern school, St Bede's Secondary Modern, now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College. He attended a junior seminary at Stillington near York with an Italian missionary order, the Verona Fathers, where he was a choirboy.

Personal life

Everett married the singer Lee "Lady Lee" Middleton in 1969. By 1979 they had separated, and in the mid-1980s, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

Everett was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1989, and he made his condition known to the public in 1993.[2] He died from an AIDS-related illness, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on 4 April 1995, aged 50. After a Roman Catholic requiem mass, Everett was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium.[3]


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  1. Colin Larkin "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Seventies Music" 1997 148 isbn 0753501546
  2. Kathy Charmaz, Glennys Howarth and Allan Kellehear "The unknown country: death in Australia, Britain, and the USA" page 162 Palgrave Macmillan 1997 isbn 0-312-16545-5
  3. "Transitions", "The Advocate" 16 May 1995 page 19 number 681 issn 0001-8996 Here Publishing