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Frasier actor dies

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The Blackpool born Frasier actor John Mahoney has passed away in a hospice.

The star played Martin Crane – the father of Kelsey Grammer's character in the popular US sitcom – for 11 seasons.

He passed away at the age of 77 yesterday at a hospice in Chicago, TMZ reports, quoting the actor’s publicist.

The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Born in Blackpool, Mahoney began his career on the stage in the UK before moving to the US.

He went on to win a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play for his role in The House of Blue Leaves.

He also enjoyed roles in a number of films, including The American President, Say Anything and Eight Men Out before working on Frasier between 1993 and 2004.

After Frasier ended, he returned to the theatre, but appeared on TV in Hot in Cleveland.

Casting director Jeff Greenberg tweeted: “The great John Mahoney passed away today at age 77.

“I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor.

“We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together.”

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