has died. There will be lots of people who don't care and think he was just a racist foul mouthed scum bag. I have worked with him a few times and he had a heart of gold. I produced Jim Bowen for a while and he has told me tales you wouldn’t believe about the man - he was very generous and nothing like his on stage persona.
I once saw him perform his act in the Warrington area, way back in the 1970's. Did he have his own club there? The night I was there he was his usual foul mouthed and racist self. However the place was full of all nationalities and everyone seemed to be laughing at jokes about each other. Irish and Jewish; Black and White; English and Scottish. No one was safe from his crude humour. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. If you think all that has ended with him leaving then you are wrong because we still have the likes of Billy Connolly etc. who are just as bad even if they also do lots of charitable work.
I don’t blame anyone for calling BM racist or foul mouthed, he tailored his own image and as such reaps what he sows. I'm not saying he was or wasnt a rasist and this thread is certainly not asking for anyone to mourn him, it’s a little alternative insight to what will more than likely be massive public opinion to the contrary. My pseudo intellect radar kicks in every time I see someone post the word allegedly in non legal discussions.