Comedian Brendan Grace Has Died

The Father Ted star Brendan Grace has died at the age of 68 after a short illness.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland was Tom Kelly, Brendan's booking agent for 27 years.

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

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

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

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.

In a statement published online, Grace's representatives said: 'It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Brendan Grace, Ireland's most beloved entertainer, Liberty Boy and grandmaster of Comedy.

Grace is perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turn as Father Fintan Stack from Father Ted, but is also well-known for the characters he created during his stand-up comedy performances, such as Bottler and Father Of The Bride.

Comedian Jason Byrne was among those to pay tribute to Grace. "May he free nippers in peace wherever he's gone, so sad Brendan, just so sad".