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Actor Pat Laffan dies

Laffan was known as the milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted

ACTOR Pat Laffan - known for his roles as milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted and Georgie Burgess in The Snapper, has died.

His agent Lisa Richards announced his death in a statement.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan's passing," it read.

A prolific stage actor, he was a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the 1960s and 1970s. He was also director of the Peacock Theatre for most of the 1970s before directing in the Gate Theatre from 1979 to 1982.

Father Ted creator and writer Graham Linehan paid tribute.

"Just heard the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died," Linehan shared on Twitter. "Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you."

The Gate Theatre hailed him as an "incredible force in the Irish theatre community".

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