Tommy Cannon grew emotional during an appearance on This Morning on Friday, as he paid tribute to his late pal Bobby Ball.

The 76-year-old comedian, who was famously one half of the comedy duo Cannon and Ball, died on Wednesday, October 28, after a brief battle with Covid-19.

Speaking with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Tommy, 82, said he would never get over Bobby's passing, as he fought back tears.

Looking back at their lengthy career together, the comic said: "A big chunk of me is gone. I don't think I'll ever get over it."

Tommy recalled the last time he saw his old friend, saying: "We last worked on the ninth of this month and he seemed okay. I didn’t know anything was wrong really.

Tommy Cannon grew emotional during an appearance on This Morning on Friday

"And then on the Saturday he was taken into hospital and that's where he stayed."

Emotional over the news, he added: "I don’t know, suddenly, he just passed away."

The beloved funnyman then described his grief as "an empty feeling".

Tommy told ITV viewers he believed Bobby was in heaven with all the other greats of UK comedy, reuniting with other beloved acts like Eddie Large of Little and Large.

He said: "Now he’s at rest and God love him.

Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon were one of the UK's most beloved comedy duos from the 70s onwards

Tommy added: "All the greats will be up there with him and he'll be shining like a light."

The legendary performer died in Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening, after suffering from breathing problems, with doctors later revealing he had suffered from Covid.

Announcing Ball's tragic death on Thursday, his manager Phil Dale said: "At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.

Tommy admitted he felt "empty" after Bobby's tragic passing

"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough."

Tommy and Bobby rose to fame in Northern England as a comedy duo, having become friends while working as welders in Lancashire.

Their TV series, The Cannon and Ball Show, lit up TV screens throughout the 80s, with the pair performing comedy sketches for ITV viewers.

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.