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Actor Johnny Murphy dies

The Commitments star Johnny Murphy has died, aged 72.
The actor died of respiratory failure at St James’s hospital in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday morning (23Feb16). He has been hospitalised after a short undisclosed illness, his family confirmed in a statement to the Independent.ie website.
He is best known for playing trumpet player Joey “The Lips” Fagan in the 1991 comedy The Commitments, about a Dublin soul band, which is based on the Roddy Doyle novel and has since been turned into a West End musical.
His co-star Glen Hansard wrote on Twitter, “The great Johnny Murphy, (Joey the Lips Fagan)… A beautiful man, and a true gent.Bless you Johnny.”
Murphy also enjoyed roles in Angela’s Ashes, Waiting for Godot and Into the West.

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