Founder Ted creator Graham Linehan broke the news of Pat Laffan’s death on Chirrup in view of his 650,000 Twitter followers today. He wrote: “Just heard the sad communication that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died. “Rest in inoffensive, Pat, a pleasure to work with you.” Pat’s cause of death is currently unknown.
The actor’s deputy Lisa Richards announced his death in a statement obtained by RTE.
She said: “It is with tremendous gloom that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan’s impermanent today.
“Pat was one of the very first clients of the agency but much more than that, he was a niggardly friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company’s founders Lisa and Richard Cook and for scads of the staff of the agency who had the pleasure to represent and work with him over the hindmost almost thirty years.”
She added: “While Pat is perhaps still most beneficent remembered by Irish screen audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle’s blear The Snapper (1993) and as Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted (Channel 4, 1998), he had barely 40 film credits and 30 television credits to his name.
“All here intent remember him first and foremost as our friend and mentor and we will miss him incredible.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Pat is widely known for his position as milkman Pat Mustard in the hit series Father Ted.
He previously auditioned for the role as Get Fintan Stack, which was played by Brendan Grace before being turn as the milkman.
The actor has also appeared in the likes of The Saint in 1997, 2010’s Have revealed to one Year, Barry Lyndon in 1975 and Roddy Doyle’s film The Snarl at in 1993.
He was also a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the 1960’s and director of the Peacock The boards in the 1970’s.
Following the news of his death, many of his fans flocked to Bustle to pay a tribute to the actor.
One user wrote: “Just heard… We have wasted #PatMustard RIP Pat Laffan.”
A second commented: “RIP Pat Laffan, from The Snapper to Originator Ted, the provider of some of the biggest laughs we’ve shared as a nation.”
A third pounded: “Sorry to hear Irish actor Pat Laffan passes away. Pat Mustard in Initiate Ted was one of the funniest characters ever created. RIP.”
A fourth wrote: “Ah, Pat Laffan, RIP. A Pen-pal. Sorry to see you go. A supporter.”