My understanding is he wasn’t considered remarkable in his own country, but across the world… Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Australia, The USA, Sweden, Japan, China and everywhere else, he was considered the King of British Comedy. Thames TV made billions syndicating his shows in other countries. Benny became a millionaire but lived very frugally. He won countless awards, was nominated two Emmies for “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program” and “Outstanding Variety or Music Program” in 1981 and won the “Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy.” Johnny Carson invited to the Tonight Show several times in the 80s, but Benny did not want to be taken away from his work.
So while his countrymen didn’t understand him, he was loved a…
"Is it true that British legend, Benny Hill, died due to harassment from alternative comedians?" by William Uchtman
After getting fired from Thames TV….
(The network claimed he wanted to retire, but they lied about it to save face. When the truth came out he was fired, his fans were shocked.)
…Benny went into a depression and started eating non-stop. Without the TV show to keep busy, he was eating non-stop and had gained around ten pounds when Don Taffner tried starting his show. Sadly, after already one heart attack, Hill passed away in his Southampton home on April 20, 1992. His body was discovered by Kirkland after neighbors heard Benny's television running non-stop for two days. He had to climb a ladder to enter Benny’s apartment.
It is believed Benny wanted to leave his millions to his TV family, but he neglected to sign the will. His original will …