Eddie first found fame alongside Syd in a talent show named Opportunity Knocks, which they were crowned winners of in 1971.He had suffered roll ill health in recent years after having a heart transplant in 2003, which brought an end to Little and Large. Eddie’s son, Ryan McGinnis broke the sad news on Facebook, telling family and friends that his Scottish dad had passed away, aged 78.
The post read: “It is with great sadness that Mum and I need to announced that my dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.
“He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, whilst in hospital, contracted the coronavirus which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.
“Dad fought bravely for so long. Due to this horrible disease we had been unable to visit him at the hospital but all of the family and close friends spoke to him every day.
“We will miss him terribly and we are so proud of everything he achieved in his career with Syd and know that he was much loved by the millions that watched them every week.
“RIP Dad. We love you and miss you from all the family.”
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