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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Des's dad dies -- just a week after poignant TV tribute

Comedian Des Bishop's father has died of cancer just a week after he paid tribute to him in an emotional TV documentary.

Bishop, who is touring with his show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, flew back to America after dad Michael (74) took a turn for the worse.

He died surrounded by his family at their New York home.

Bishop's national tour has been temporarily postponed.

The grief-stricken Bishop said in a statement: "Mike Bishop 'snuffed it' this morning. He lived an amazing life. A great father, husband, uncle and friend. Cancer got him in the end but it never got him down and these last 15 months have been some of the greatest times.

"To our family he is the greatest man that ever lived."

The Bishop family will be waking him at Frederick's Funeral in Flushing, New York tomorrow and Monday before laying him to rest at St Kevin's Church at a funeral mass on Tuesday morning.

The death comes just a week after the RTE documentary aired to wide acclaim.

Inspired by his father's lung cancer, the show saw Bishop -- a testicular cancer survivor himself -- chronicle the impact it had on his family and their sense of humour in dealing with it. A former actor and model who was second place to replace Sean Connery as James Bond, Mike Bishop gave up the glamour of his acting life for a steady job in a department store when his three sons were born.



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Combining stories of his father's past with more traditional stand-up material, the show concluded with Mike Bishop joining Des on stage.

Management have confirmed that the national tour of the show is to be postponed until further notice and the Bishop family have appealed for privacy during this time.

Bishop revealed how his father, originally from Midleton in Cork, had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 15 months ago but had stopped undergoing chemotherapy as the disease took hold of him.

He said: "The show is about a real life, and how illness affects the relationship between a father and a son.

"It's me trying to make sense of the most profound moment anybody has in their lifetime -- one of their parents heading towards death."

mfinn@herald.ie

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