Frank Carson dies
Comedian Frank Carson has died at the age of 85 following a string of health problems
Frank Carson has died.
The Northern Irish comedian - who was famed for catchphrases including "It's a cracker" and "It's the way I tell 'em" - passed away at home in Blackpool, Lancashire, yesterday (22.02.12) morning following health problems including stomach cancer.
A statement from his family said: "[Our] husband, father, Gaga and comedian set off for his final gig today.
"He went peacefully at his home in Blackpool surrounded by his greatest fans - his extended family. We will be taking him home to Belfast to lay him to rest and celebrate his joyful life.
"It's quieter down here now. God help them up there!!"
Frank's close friend Eamonn Holmes praised the "legend" who was a "bundle of energy".
He said: "The term legend is often overused - but Frank Carson was a legend and we will never ever see his likes again.
"I knew him since I was a child because he was a friend of my father. He was just a complete bundle of energy and at 85 he was still going and still cracking jokes."
Frank was a popular performer on Irish television before moving to England, where his appearances on talent show 'Opportunity Knocks' propelled him into wider fame.
He went on to appear alongside comics Mike Reid, Charlie Williams, Bernard Manning and Jim Bowen in 1970s TV series 'The Comedians' and was a familiar face on TV shows for the following two decades.
He leaves a wife, Ruth, daughter Majella and sons Tony and Aidan, as well as 10 grandchildren.