Tributes Paid to Brendan Grace Who's Passed Away Aged 68

Following the sad news on Thursday morning that entertainer Brendan Grace had died aged 68, Morning Ireland Extra has taken a longer look at the veteran comedian's life and career.

"It has now transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment".

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

'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 has had a number of health issues in recent years and suffered a stroke and complications from diabetes.

'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'.

Last week Grace cancelled his summer tour revealing he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and was being treated for pneumonia. His most famous acting role was in Father Ted, but he also had a successful stand-up career in both the USA and Ireland.

Brendan Grace's manager Tom Kelly says he was a gentleman.

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.

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