Broadcaster Gavin Duffy agrees: "Brendan Grace has died aged 68".
Grace has been entertaining audiences for 50 years, born in Dublin he started his career in a showband but later became better known as a standup comedian - his schoolboy character Bottler a favourite among fans. While there are now many Irish comedians who are household names, Brendan emerged as a talent during an era when there were very few established Irish comedians.
News that Grace had passed away broke this morning.
His fellow comedian and podcaster Jarlath Regan observes: "Brendan Grace was a force of nature capable of killing in any room".
Tom Kelly, Grace's manager for 27 years, told Virgin Media One's Ireland:AM programme his death is a great loss to Ireland.
Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between Ireland, where he ran a pub, and Florida.
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Speaking to Clare FM in 2015, he outlined his love for this county. There's nothing I wouldn't do for her and there's nothing she wouldn't do for me, and that's how it's been for the past 45 years. May he watch over us always and rest in peace. "There is a special thing about Clare, that's why I ended up living in Killaloe and Ballina on the banks of the majestic Shannon".
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll was one of the first stars to pay tribute, tweeting: "So sad at the passing of a great comedy legend, husband and father #brendangrace He opened doors for so many of us and leaves a legacy of love and laughter that will echo through this land and we will all mourn his passing. There is an emptiness in the hearts and homes of the young and old in Ireland and around the world today and will be felt for some time".
"His family are a great support to him at this hard time and respect for their privacy would be much appreciated".
We have lost a very bright star.
"As Father Ted fans, we couldn't resist asking him if there was any chance he'd give us a Father Fintan Stack quote, but he politely declined before heading into the studio". Sorry I never met him, but relieved I never had to follow him.
He spent four weeks in hospital as doctors tried to stabilise his condition.