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