Sunday 25 June 2017

Beautiful drawing by Dublin Cartoonist sums up how we all feel about losing Frank Kelly

The cartoon by artist Rob Stears has gone viral on Twitter Image Credit Twitter: @RobStears
The cartoon by artist Rob Stears has gone viral on Twitter Image Credit Twitter: @RobStears
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

An Irish artist has shared a powerful image in the wake of the death of Father Ted actor Frank Kelly.

The drawing by Dublin-based cartoonist Rob Stears shows a distraught Mrs Doyle consoling Fr Dougal in the absence of Fr. Jack and Fr. Ted.

The image has already been shared dozens of times by heartbroken fans of the series internationally.

The renowned actor passed away this morning on the 18th anniversary of his co-star Dermot Morgan’s death.

In late 2015, Kelly revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative condition affecting the nervous system.

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However, he said the diagnosis was not going to impact his career.

Speaking of his condition at the time Kelly said: “It was my first diagnosis but I’m quietly confident that I have had this for years and years.

Frank Kelly died in late February. He most famous role was undoubtedly Father Jack in Father Ted.
Frank Kelly died in late February. He most famous role was undoubtedly Father Jack in Father Ted.

"I'm not going to let Parkinson's beat me. I'm just not that kind of person.”

The actor is survived by his wife of 51 years Bairbre, his seven children and 17 grandchildren.

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