Thursday, March 18, 1999 Published at 14:26 GMT
Obituary: The man behind Emu
Rod Hull in Panto with weatherman Ian McCaskill
The entertainer Rod Hull has died after falling off the roof of his cottage at Rye, East Sussex.
Early stage career
He moved to Australia in the 1960's, and got into television as host of an early morning children's programme.
Emu, the mute but belligerent puppet, was born as a prop on the show, and Hull continued to use it on concert and club engagements.
When Emu met the Queen Mother at the Royal Variety Show in 1972, the wayward puppet ate her bouquet.
In 1987, at the height of his fame, Hull paid £387,000 for Restoration House, an Elizabethan mansion in Kent, which was a favourite setting of Charles Dickens in his novels.
Last season he was entertaining children and adults alike in pantomime in Windsor, where he appeared alongside former TV weatherman Ian McCaskill.
Hull also recently made a return to TV screens in an advertisment for the butter substitute, Clover.
Rod Hull married twice; he had five children.