Comedian Brendan Grace dies aged 68

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Comedian Brendan Grace dies aged 68

Irish comedian Brendan Grace has died at the age of 68 after a short illness.

The actor had lived in the USA for many years, but returned to his native Dublin in early June, where he was first diagnosed with pneumonia, before his terminal cancer diagnosis.

The Irishman, who was best known for his role as obnoxious priest, Father Fintan Stack in the sitcom Father Ted, had lived in the USA for years, but returned to his native Dublin in early June, where he was first diagnosed with pneumonia before learning he had terminal cancer.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland he said "Brendan Grace was one of the greatest entertainers of this era, no doubt about that".

Funny Man, a documentary directed by Brian Reddin which looked back over the career of Grace, will be repeated at 10.15pm on Friday on RTÉ One.

Michael D Higgins says he has made a contribution to the deep wellspring of Irish wit, while Leo Varadkar says he was an Irish comedy legend.

"Rest peacefully Bottler you've earned it", O'Carroll said.

He was also a professional singer and in 1975 recorded the original version of "Combine Harvester", which The Wurzels covered a year later. Clare was always appealing to me for the lovely coastal roads, there we have The Wild Atlantic Way, we've had it for four million years but we've only discovered it two years ago, I'm delighted to see it.

He was also receiving ongoing care and treatment for cancer.

Jason Byrne adds: "Woke up in Sweden to find out Brendan Grace has passed away, what a lovely, amusing genius of a man, I hate that he's gone. A larger than life character who brought smiles to many faces as an outstanding entertainer". "I've never seen somebody to face such a awful prognosis with his own name that he was born with, he faced it with grace and dignity and bravery".

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, and their four children.

One of the best-known Irish comedians ever, Grace had recently announced the cancellation of several tour dates due to a lung cancer diagnosis.

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