Comedian Brendan Grace has died aged 68, his representative has confirmed.
The 68-year-old had previously cancelled a number of tour dates in July and August after he was hospitalised with pneumonia.
A spokesperson said it was later discovered he was also suffering from lung cancer.
So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father #brendangrace He opened doors for so many of us and leaves a legacy of love and laughter that will echo through this land and we will all mourn his passing. Rest peacefully Bottler you’ve earned it.
— Brendan O'Carroll (@brendanMrsBrown) July 10, 2019
Grace has been touring the UK and Irish comedy circuits for several decades. In addition to his standup, Grace also attracted a large following as a result of his role as malevolent priest Fr Fintan Stack in the Father Ted series.