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John Blackman, star of Hey Hey It’s Saturday, has died


Australian icon and Hey Hey It’s Saturday legend John Blackman has died at age 76 after a long cancer battle.

John was best known for as the voice of Hey Hey, It’s Saturday! characters Dickie Knee and Plucka Duck. He worked on the show from 1971 to 1999, and returned for reunion specials in 2009 and 2021. He was also part of the Hey Hey, It’s Saturday’s relaunch in 2010.

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Channel 7 entertainment reporter Peter Ford broke the news on The Morning Show on Wednesday. It is believed that his cause of death was a heart attack.

“Australia is a sadder place with this news,” Ford said. “John was an incredible man. In the past years, he has put up a huge cancer fight.”

“He was a beautiful performer on radio and television.

“In recent years, of course, he’s put up this incredible cancer fight.”

Network Nine has released a statement in light of the sad news.

“Nine and 3AW join in mourning the loss of John Blackman, a cherished voice in Australian media. John, renowned as the iconic voiceover artist for Hey Hey It’s Saturday, brought joy and laughter into countless homes every weekend,” it began.

“His distinctive voice and quick wit became a hallmark of the show, endearing him to generations of viewers. His remarkable talent brought characters like Dickie Knee, The Angel and Mrs Macgillicuddy to life, making him a household name and an integral part of the show’s legacy.

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“John’s contributions to Australian entertainment extended beyond television. As co-host of the top-rating breakfast program on 3AW in the 1980s, he became a morning companion for many, offering warmth, humor, and insightful commentary to start the day. His ability to connect with listeners, combined with his natural storytelling prowess, made him a beloved figure on the airwaves.

“Throughout his illustrious career, John demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his craft. His remarkable versatility and enduring presence in the industry underscored his exceptional talent. Colleagues and fans alike admired his professionalism and the genuine kindness he exuded both on and off the microphone.

“John Blackman’s legacy is one of laughter, dedication, and a profound impact on Australian media. As we remember his remarkable journey, we celebrate the indelible mark he left on our hearts and the entertainment landscape. He will be deeply missed, but his voice will continue to echo in our memories.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with John’s wife Cecile, family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.”

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