Father Ted star Pat Laffan dies aged 79

Pat Laffan, the actor who played Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted, has passed away. Source: Getty

The entertainment world is in mourning following the sad news that Father Ted star Pat Laffan has died. He was 79 years old.

The star’s management confirmed the sad news on Thursday afternoon (UK time).

“It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today,” the statement read, according to multiple reports. “He was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company’s founders.”

Many people will remember Laffan for his portrayal of Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted, while he appeared in a string of other movies and TV shows throughout his career.

Perhaps most notable was his appearance as Mr Burgess in the 1993 film, The Snapper. Other films and TV shows he appeared in included An Awfully Big Adventure, Space Truckers, The Saint, The Serpent’s Kiss, East Enders, The Queen and War Horse.

“All here will remember him first and foremost as our friend and mentor and we will miss him terribly,” the statement continued. “We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

No cause of death has yet been made public.

Heartbroken fans have already started to pay their respects to the Irish actor online.

One person on Twitter shared a photograph of Laffan as Pat Mustard and said: “RIP Pat Laffan, famous for his roles as Pat Mustard and Georgie Burgess. Pat Mustard was undoubtedly one of the best characters in Father Ted, and his comedy will live on for a long, long time.”

“Sad news about Pat Laffan, who has passed away,” another fan wrote. “We perhaps knew him best as Pat Mustard, but he was a fine and established actor with a resume to be proud of. Check out 1993’s The Snapper, if you’ve not seen it. Thoughts with his family and those close to him.”

A third added: “ You made me laugh, you made me cry, you had the wickedest of wits and the kindest of hearts.”

Others who worked with the star also shared their fond memories of Laffan.

Actor Aidan Crowe wrote: “I was very lucky to work with Pat Laffan last year and he was such an intelligent, encouraging and talented man. Will never forget sitting by the fire with him as he quoted endless poems, plays and stories. My thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Meanwhile, the Gate Theatre in Dublin also paid tribute.

“Irish actor Pat Laffan has passed away,” a message on Twitter read. “Over the years, Pat was an incredible force in the Irish theatre community and was no stranger to the Gate throughout his prolific career as an actor and director. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Were you a fan of Pat Laffan? Do you remember watching him in Father Ted?

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