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Mortlake Crematorium Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England

Image result for Kenny EverettMaurice James Christopher Cole (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995), known professionally as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.[1]

Everett was born in Seaforth, into a Catholic family as Maurice James Christopher Cole.[2] Everett attended the local secondary modern school, St Bede's Secondary Modern School in Crosby, now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College. He attended a junior seminary at Stillington, North Yorkshire near York with an Italian missionary order, the Verona Fathers, where he was a choirboy.[3] After he left school, he worked in a bakery and in the Advertising Department of The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph.

While working at a pirate radio station Radio London he was advised to change his name to avoid legal problems. He adopted the name "Everett" from American film comic actor Edward Everett Horton, a childhood hero.[2]

Everett married the singer and psychic Audrey "Lady Lee" Middleton at Kensington Register Office on 2 June 1969. By September 1979, they had separated, and in the mid-1980s, he publicly acknowledged his bisexuality. One of his first boyfriends, a waiter called Jay Pitt, was a match found for Everett by his ex-wife.[4]

Freddie Mercury and Everett became close friends after meeting in 1974 on Everett's breakfast radio show on Capital FM. Though the pair were never lovers, Mercury and Everett were a staple of the London nightlife throughout the 1970s. By 1985, the pair had fallen out over a disagreement over drugs.

In 1988 Audrey "Lady Lee" Middleton published an autobiography with a foreword from Everett. Shortly after the publication and newspaper serialisation, Everett denounced the book for outing him. The fallout resulted in Middleton and Everett communicating only via lawyers; Mercury reportedly sided with Middleton.

Everett and Mercury reconciled their differences in 1989, when both were suffering with failing health.[8]

Everett was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1987, and he made his condition known to the public in 1993.[9] He died from an AIDS-related illness on 4 April 1995, aged 50. A traditional requiem mass was held at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, and Everett was later cremated at Mortlake Crematorium.[10]


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