Jethro Comedian Dead, Geoffrey Rowe Died From Covid-19 ComplicationsDecember 15, 2021
Geoffrey Rowe Death, Cause Of Death – Cornish comedian Jethro age 73 whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe sadly passed away due to complications from Covid-19 on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well-known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro. “Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting COVID-19.
“Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much-loved grandchildren. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all time to grieve.
He was born in St Buryan, Cornwall, the son of a farmer, and after leaving school apprenticed as a carpenter and worked in the Levant tin mine. He joined the local operatic society in St Just, as a bass singer, and then started touring pubs and clubs in Cornwall, singing traditional songs and developing his comedy act.
From 1967 he also played rugby as a prop forward in over 100 matches for Penzance & Newlyn RFC, which later became the Cornish Pirates. The name ‘Jethro’ came from his real name, Geoff Rowe, influenced by the character Jethro in The Beverly Hillbillies television show.
After his popularity grew in Cornwall and Devon through the 1970s and 1980s, he made his first national television performance in 1990 on the Des O’Connor Show, making several subsequent appearances. He also appeared on Jim Davidson’s programs, and on regional television, though much of his material was considered unsuitable for a television audience.
He produced his first video, A Portion of Jethro, in 1993, followed by several others. He also claimed that, during the height of his popularity, he sold some 250,000 theatre seats a year. In 2001, he appeared in a Royal Variety Performance.
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