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Gerry's last laugh

GERRY Ryan will be remembered with laughter by family and friends at his funeral tomorrow.

The broadcaster’s coffin is engraved with the words: “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”

It is a quote from Gerry’s favourite movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and will form part of a service that celebrates the 53-year-old’s life.

As details of his funeral were announced, it emerged that the star was aware of his health problems in the run up to his tragic death.

“I'm a heart attack waiting to happen, I know that,” Gerry revealed in an interview with the Herald in February.

“I've been warned about my diet many times. Your cholesterol and your heart are something you need to give more consideration to when you get to my age,” he added.