The very sad news has broken this evening of the passing of comedian Frank Carson.
|The late Frank Carson|
Best remembered for his catchphrases "it's the way I tell 'em" and "it's a cracker", Frank lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 85, passing away peacefully at his home in Blackpool.
The Northern Irish jokester first came into the affection of the British people when winning Hughie Green's "Opportunity Knocks" talent show back in the 1960s. He later starred in "the Comedians" and "Tiswas", both for ITV.
Co-star on "Tiswas", Chris Tarrent tonight speaking on BBC radio called Carson "the funniest man I ever met in my life".
Deeply religious Frank who never swore, was very much the comedian in his private life as he was in the limelight. Working until a few months before his passing, he leaves a wife, daughter, 2 sons and 10 grandchildren.
He died at home, surrounded by his family and will be laid to rest next week in his native Belfast.
His family tonight issued the following statement: "It's quieter down here now. God help them up there!!"
Thanks for the laughs Frank, the world is a sadder place without you.
BBC article: Comic Frank Carson dies aged 85
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