Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, has died at the age of 68

  • Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, has died at the age of 68

Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, has died at the age of 68

Actor and comedian Brendan Grace has died, aged 68, as reported by RTE News.

Grace died at 12.26am on Thursday surrounded by his family after being diagnosed with lung cancer 10 days ago, his manager confirmed.

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

'Brendan's family wish to express their gratitude for the many messages of support and outpouring of love from his adoring and loyal fans.

He had been in hospital for the last month receiving treatment for pneumonia when it transpired that he was also suffering from cancer.

He added: "We can look back with pride on Brendan's lifetime".

He has suffered a number of health issues in recent years, having a stroke and contracting diabetes, which made it impossible for him to play guitar on stage. It also led to gangrene and the loss of some of his toes.

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".

Grace performed for Frank Sinatra when the Ratpack star had been touring Ireland Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Junior and requested to hear an Irish comedian.

As a musician, Grace's impressive string of hits included, most notably, the chart-topping Irish song Combine Harvester, which was later covered by The Wurzels.

Grace is survived by his wife Eileen, whom he married in 1973, four children and their grandchildren.