Northern Irish comedian, Frank Carson, has died at the age of 85.

Northern Irish comedian, Frank Carson, has died at the age of 85.

The standup, who famously appeared on television in The Comedians and Tiswas in the 1970s and had been battling cancer for a number of years.

He died at his home in Blackpool on Wednesday morning and plans are now being made for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

In a statement, his family said: the “husband, father, Gaga and comedian set off for his final gig today. He went peacefully at his home in Blackpool surrounded by his greatest fans – his extended family. We will be taking him home to Belfast to lay him to rest and celebrate his joyful life. It’s quieter down here now. God help them up there!”

The comic, known for his catchphrases “It’s the way I tell ’em” and “It’s a cracker”, rose to fame in the 1960s after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.

He was still performing across the UK until recently, taking part in around 80 events a year.

“Frank will be remembered for being a wonderful standup comedian from the golden era of light entertainment on television shows such as The Comedians, Tiswas, Opportunity Knocks and many, many more.

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