Tributes are being paid to Paul O’Grady after the TV star died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening.

ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly described O’Grady as “a really special man” adding that it was “such sad news”.

She said Paul O’Grady was “funny, fearless, brave, kind and wise” and “will be sorely missed”.

Commenting on Mr O’Grady’s affectionate nature towards animals she added: “I always think dogs are the best judge of character and they ADORED him.”

Human rights and gay campaigner Peter Tatchell echoed the ITV host’s sentiments, adding how much Mr O’Grady contributed to the LGBT voice.

Mr Tatchell said: “Paul wasn’t just a brilliant comedian and broadcast personality but a much-admired campaigner for LGBT+ equality and animal rights.

Money-saving expert, Martin Lewis tweeted his sadness at Mr O’Grady’s death: “Quite shocked and saddened to wake up to the news of Paul O’Grady passing. A funny man, with incredibly quick wit, who made millions laugh.”

Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain said: “Oh no, such sad news to wake up to that the magnificent Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67. What a warm-hearted, hugely talented and funny man he was. Plus a dog-lover of course.”