Father Ted star Brendan Grace has sadly passed away aged 68 after a short illness.
The comedian – who was also a singer – was perhaps best known for playing Father Fintan Stack in the classic Channel 4 series, and passed away in the early hours of today (July 11).
Grace was diagnosed with lung cancer over a week ago, which followed a diagnosis for pneumonia in June.
“Although he was aware of the outcome himself in the last few days when the cancer was diagnosed, it’s a great shock to everybody,” the late star’s manager said on Virgin Media One’s Ireland: AM programme ( The Guardian).
“He was very weak, he didn’t wish to have chemo or anything like that, and the inevitable happened. He was one of the greats in modern entertaining, it’s a huge loss.”
Grace’s character Father Fintan appeared in Father Ted episode ‘New Jack City’, where he uttered the now-famous line: “I’ve had my fun and that’s all that matters.”
Tributes have since flooded in for the star, including from Mrs Brown’s Boys‘ Brendan O’Carroll, who tweeted: “So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father #brendangrace
“He opened doors for so many of us and leaves a legacy of love and laughter that will echo through this land and we will all mourn his passing. Rest peacefully Bottler you’ve earned it.”
Mock the Week host Dara O Briain added: “So sad to hear the news of the death of Brendan Grace. A genuine comedy legend in Ireland, when we were growing up he was the king of the entertainers. Sorry I never met him, but relieved I never had to follow him. RIP Brendan.”