'Father Ted' star Brendan Grace has died aged 68


The hugely popular Irish comedian Brendan Grace has died aged 68.

Brendan had been in hospital in recent weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia, and was also receiving ongoing care and treatment for cancer.

The Father Ted star passed away peacefully just after midnight, his family say.

Brendan owned the Brendan Grace Pub which was located on Main Street for several years, before closing for business in 2011.

The family of the stand-up veteran said he was very grateful for the support from his fans since his illness was announced.

Grace was forced to cancel his Irish summer tour after recently being diagnosed with lung cancer.

"So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father Brendan Grace".

Grace began his career in entertainment over 50 years ago, starting off as a singer, before discovering his natural talents for comedy.

'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'.

His song, Combine Harvester, was also a 1975 number one hit in Ireland.

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

In the UK, Grace was probably best known for his role as Fatherr Fintan Stack in the 1996 Father Ted episode New Jack City - in which he uttered the classic line: "I've had my fun and that's all that matters".