Comedian Brendan Grace dies aged 68

Brendan Grace

Brendan Grace

Tributes are being paid to Brendan Grace, who's died at the age of 68. It has transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment.

In latter years, he divided his time between Ireland and the US.

One of the best-known Irish comedians ever, Grace had recently announced the cancellation of several tour dates due to a lung cancer diagnosis. "He gave a performance every night that merited the applause he received".

'Please feel free to share your stories and memories and help us celebrate the life that Brendan lived to the full and the much joy he has brought to so many over the years'.

Grace began his career in entertainment over 50 years ago, starting off as a singer, before discovering his natural talents for comedy. "He was a great family man, very close with them and he was adored by his fans all over the world". His character Bottler was a fan favourite, while his song "Combine Harvester", which was a hit in Ireland in 1975, went on to be covered by The Wurzels in 1976.

Kelly said: "Sinatra fell around the place laughing at him".

The veteran entertainer and standup comedian played Father Fintan Stack in the popular Channel 4 comedy series about three priests.

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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