Author Ted creator Graham Linehan broke the news of Pat Laffan’s death on Chirp in view of his 650,000 Twitter followers today. He wrote: “Just approve ofed the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died. “Leftovers in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you.” Pat’s cause of death is currently unidentified.
The actor’s agent Lisa Richards announced his death in a statement have a placed by RTE.
She said: “It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Power can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today.
“Pat was one of the very first clients of the intermediation but much more than that, he was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely influential supporter of the company’s founders Lisa and Richard Cook and for many of the club of the agency who had the pleasure to represent and work with him over the last on the brink of thirty years.”
She added: “While Pat is perhaps still best muse oned by Irish screen audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle’s cloud The Snapper (1993) and as Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted (Channel 4, 1998), he had nearly 40 film credits and 30 television credits to his name.
“All here wish remember him first and foremost as our friend and mentor and we will miss him marvellous.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Pat is widely known for his situation as milkman Pat Mustard in the hit series Father Ted.
He previously auditioned for the role as Minister Fintan Stack, which was played by Brendan Grace before being look for as the milkman.
The actor has also appeared in the likes of The Saint in 1997, 2010’s Jump Year, Barry Lyndon in 1975 and Roddy Doyle’s film The Get in 1993.
He was also a member of the Abbey Theatre Company in the 1960’s and director of the Peacock Histrionics in the 1970’s.
Following the news of his death, many of his fans flocked to Chirrup to pay a tribute to the actor.
One user wrote: “Just heard… We have destroyed #PatMustard RIP Pat Laffan.”
A second commented: “RIP Pat Laffan, from The Snapper to Daddy Ted, the provider of some of the biggest laughs we’ve shared as a nation.”
A third impounded: “Sorry to hear Irish actor Pat Laffan passes away. Pat Mustard in Forefather Ted was one of the funniest characters ever created. RIP.”
A fourth wrote: “Ah, Pat Laffan, RIP. A Ally. Sorry to see you go. A supporter.”