Final photos of paedophile TV star Rolf Harris: Disgraced entertainer poses next to his wife Alwen and with a didgeridoo in images taken just months before his death
- The set of photos were taken at a neighbour’s home in January of this year
Paedophile Rolf Harris is seen smiling from ear-to-ear and playing a digeridoo in his last ever set of photographs – taken just months before his death at the age of 93.
The images show the disgraced former TV host and his wife Alwen pose up for the professional-style photos, taken at a neighbour’s house in January.
Harris had lived as a near-recluse since being freed from jail in 2017, accompanied only by his spouse – and carers – at their £5million home in Berkshire.
Alwen, 91, who has always stood by Harris and refused to believe he was evil is also ill, with Alzheimer’s disease, and uses a wheelchair.
She can been seen beaming in one of the recent photos as Harris – who a judge said showed ‘no remorse’ for his sickening crimes – puts his arm around her while holding the paw of their family dog.
Harris is propped up on a chair as he rubs his beard while cracking a wide smile in one of the last ever photographs taken of the paedophile
Alwen can been seen beaming in one of the recent photos as Harris puts his arm around her while holding the paw of their family dog
Harris is seen posing with his digeridoo on a grand set of stairs, before blowing into the instrument while looking into the lens
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In another shot they appear to share a laugh as they take in the lakeside view of their friend’s sprawling property.
Elsewhere, Harris is propped up on a chair as he rubs his beard while cracking a wide smile.
He is also seen posing with his digeridoo on a grand set of stairs, before blowing into the instrument while looking into the lens.
It was reported in 2018 how the then-88-year-old invited 70 guests over to his house to celebrate his first birthday following his release from prison.
The Sun reported that during the party he performed Two Little Boys with the help of a backing band, with a source telling the paper: ‘It was a very jovial night with lots of singing, dancing and joking.
‘Rolf seemed in his element performing his old hits with the help of a band and with his trusty didgeridoo.’
The convicted sex offender was also reported two have made at least two makeshift didgeridoos out of toilet rolls when in prison, both of which were confiscated.
Harris was convicted in June 2014 of a string of indecent assaults, including one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens and a catalogue of abuse against his daughter’s friend over 16 years, starting when she was just 13.
At sentencing, Judge Mr Justice Sweeney told the veteran entertainer: ‘You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all.’
Harris and his wife share a laugh during a photoshoot at their neighbour’s home in January
The £5million Berkshire home where Harris spent his final days as a virtual recluse
Harris poses with his didgeridoo in one of the last ever photos taken of the disgraced former TV host
He added: ‘Your reputation lies in ruins. You have been stripped of your honours. But you have nobody to blame but yourself.’
Harris has already been cremated after dying on May 10 following a months-long battle with neck cancer, it emerged today. His family are believed to have held a ‘secret’ funeral.
Harris had been struggling to talk after cancerous tumours grew in his neck after he was freed from jail in 2017 for a string of sex offences including against children as young as eight.
He was fed through a tube before his death and was seen in a wheelchair when out of the house.
A statement from his family, released through his solicitor, said: ‘This is to confirm that Rolf Harris recently died peacefully surrounded by family and friends and has now been laid to rest.
‘They ask that you respect their privacy. No further comment will be made.’
Private investigator, author and former police officer William Merritt, author of the book Rolf Harris: The Truth behind the Trials, told MailOnline that he last saw him in late 2022, and he was gravely ill.
He said: ‘Rolf has been very sick. When I saw him he was able to speak to me. He was with it, but he was obviously unwell.’
Mr Merritt said Rolf has had neck cancer and there have been serious concerns about his health, although he was ‘getting on with things’.
Due to the cancer, Rolf is said to have ‘gurgled’ when talking.
His wife Alwen, who he had been married to for 65 years, has also been seriously ill with Alzheimer’s. ‘She’s very frail’, he said.
It understood Harris’ health took a turn for the worse after the sudden death of his poodle earlier in 2022.
Harris poses with a didgeridoo at the home of a neighbour in January, months before his death on May 10
Harris is pictured laughing while sitting on a chair in one of the last ever photos taken of him back in January
Harris plays his didgeridoo on the stairs just months before his death from neck cancer
Harris married his sculptor wife in March 1958 after meeting at art school. Bindi is their only child.
Best known for hits Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg, as well as a string of children’s TV hits, Harris also painted the 80th birthday portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
He was the face of British Paints for more than three decades before he was dumped by the brand when he was arrested in 2013.
The following year, Harris was found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault, and was sentenced to five years and nine months in jail.
The assaults include one on an eight-year-old autograph hunter, two on girls in their early teens, and a catalogue of abuse against his daughter’s friend of over 16 years.
He was released on parole in May 2017 after serving three years behind bars.
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