The hugely popular Irish comedian Brendan Grace has died aged 68.
In recent years, he divided his time between Ireland, running a pub in Killaloe, Co Clare, and his home in Florida. He did so, surrounded by the profound and everlasting love of his heartbroken family.
His family confirmed the news to RTE, and said they were "very grateful" for the support over the world from his fans. May he watch over us always and rest in peace. It has transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment.
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He added: "We can look back with pride on Brendan's lifetime".
Brendan had suffered with poor health but continued to perform and had been due to tour Ireland this summer before being diagnosed with cancer. It also led to gangrene and the loss of some of his toes.
He was known for his comedy schoolboy character "Bottler", the role of Murphy in the 1995 film "Moondance", and his 1996 appearance in the sitcom "Father Ted" as Fr Fintan Stack.
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Brendan Grace's manager Tom Kelly says he was a gentleman. Previous year he was the subject of a documentary on Irish state broadcaster RTE. His most famous acting role was in Father Ted, but he also had a successful stand-up career in both the United States and Ireland.
His spokesperson confirmed that he was very ill to the Irish Daily Mirror, saying "Brendan Grace has been in hospital for the last four weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia".
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