Hey Hey It’s Saturday star John Blackman dead at 76 after cancer battle

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Legendary radio and television star John Blackman has died at the age of 76.

According to Morning Show reporter Peter Ford, the star of “Hey Hey, It’s Saturday” died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

Blackman began his career in the late 1960s, but rose to prominence through his work as a voice artist for the Channel 9 series.

He became best known for his portrayal of the character Dickie Knee, an icon of Australian culture at the time who cracked jokes with the presenters.

After 50 years in the entertainment industry, Blackman retired from the spotlight in 2018 following a grueling battle with cancer that included surgery to remove his jaw.

In 2022, Blackman faced a second battle with cancer when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Entertainment star and friend Derryn Hinch mourned Blackman on social media on Wednesday.

“I am shocked and saddened by John Blackman’s death. He faced his illnesses so bravely,” he said.

“We had some huge arguments, but he was the fastest improviser ever. Vale.”

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