Ardal O'Hanlon pays tribute to the late Frank Kelly - 'A gentleman and friend'
Comedian Ardal O'Hanlon has paid tribute to his Father Ted co-star Frank Kelly, who passed away earlier today.
The actor, who played Fr Dougal in the hit series revealed that he was "extremely sad" to hear of the actor's death.
"Extremely sad news today. A gentleman, great comedy priest, friend. RIP Frank," he tweeted.
One of the writers of the hit series led tribute today to the late actor, who passed away aged 77.
In the wake of the sad news, writer Graham Linehan revealed he was “terribly sad” to hear of the passing of his former colleague and thanked him for his work on the series.
“Just hearing from various sources that Frank Kelly has passed away. Terribly sad news. Thanks for everything, Frank,” he wrote.
The actor, who played Fr. Jack on the series passed away on the anniversary of his late co-star Dermot Morgan, who died in 1998.
Rob Morgan, the son of Father Ted star Dermot Morgan tweeted: "Thoughts and condolences to Frank Kelly's family and friends on their loss. A sad day. I hope they find comfort in the joy he brought others."
Fellow Father Ted Writer Arthur Mathews paid tribute to a "comedy legend".
"Just heard about Frank's death. Sad news. Comedy legend. So thrilled we had him in Fr Ted," he wrote.
Irish comedian Oliver Callan said that the actor made people happy through the means of his work, which is the aim of everyone in the profession. "Frank Kelly brought us much joy. Rest in Peace," he tweeted.
Fr Ted actor Joe Rooney said: "I'm sad to hear about Frank Kelly; I interviewed him recently for the podcast and he was an absolute gent. He is a legend of Irish comedy."
Mrs Brown's Boys writer and actor Brendan O'Carroll revealed that he was deeply saddened by the news, which he received in Australia. "News of Frank Kelly's passing just reached us in Australia. Such a lovely man and a joy to work with. God bless him," Brendan tweeted.