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Comedian Brendan Grace hospitalized following lung cancer diagnosis

Comedian Brendan Grace is receiving treatment for lung cancer.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror, a spokesperson said: "Brendan Grace has been in the hospital for the last four weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia.

It has now transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment

He went on to add that the following upcoming shows have been cancelled:

July 6 - Abbey Hotel Ballyvourney - Ballyvourney

July 12 - Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel - Cork

July 18 - Listowel Arms Hotel - Co. Kerry

July 19 - Hibernian Hotel - Mallow, Cork

August 2 - Crover House - Mountnugent

August 8 - Castle Dargan Hotel - Sligo

August 9 - Diamond Coast Hotel - Co. Sligo

August 22 - Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa and Country Club - Co. Carlow

August 23 - Ashdown Park Hotel - Gorey

Grace's family also requests that their privacy is respected.

As the legendary funnyman lives in the United States with his wife Eileen, the spokesperson added that he is hospitalised in Ireland and will “be remaining there for ongoing treatment”.

Grace is an Irish showbiz veteran, with a lengthy career over 50 years spanning into music, stand-up comedy and acting.

Of course, he is best known for his cameo as Father Fintan Stack in Father Ted and portraying his character of Bottler.