22 February 2012 2:11 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beloved Northern Irish comedian Frank Carson has died, aged 85.

The funnyman became a national treasure after winning U.K. talent show Opportunity Knocks in the 1960s. He was a TV regular on hit shows The Comedians, The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club and Tiswas.

In 1987, Pope John Paul II knighted Carson into the order of St Gregory at a private audience in Rome, in recognition of his charity work in Northern Ireland.

Carson died at his home in Blackpool, England on Wednesday. He will be buried in his native Belfast.

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