Irish funnyman Brendan Grace fighting for life in cancer battle

Irish comedian and singer Brendan Grace is fighting for his life as he is battling cancer and pneumonia.
The 68-year-old star, who is best known for his role as obnoxious priest, Father Fintan Stack in the sitcom Father Ted, as well as for his 1975 song The Combine Harvester, is battling both diseases in hospital in Ireland, his family revealed on Tuesday (03Jul19).
“Brendan Grace has been in hospital for the last four weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia,” a representative of the family told the Irish Mirror. “It has now transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment.
“His family are a great support to him at this difficult time and respect for their privacy would be much appreciated,” they said, explaining his upcoming comedy tour dates have been cancelled. He was due to perform in venues across Ireland in July and August.
“Brendan is still in hospital and will be remaining there for ongoing treatment. He is hospitalised in Ireland,” the representative added.
The funnyman first found fame in his homeland in 1975, when his novelty song The Combine Harvester topped the charts. The track, a parody of Melanie Safka’s 1971 hit, Brand New Key, which referenced rural Irish life, was later reworked by British band The Wurzels, and their version reached number one in the U.K. in 1976.
He won over a new generation of fans in 1996 when he appeared in a memorable role in an episode of the Irish sitcom Father Ted as Father Stack, a horrible, jungle music-obsessed priest who moves in with the title character.
Grace divides his time between his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, and touring in his native Ireland. He has suffered several health scares in recent years, including a stroke and losing some of his toes as a result of gangrene caused by ­diabetes.