Dermot Morgan, alias Father Ted, was killed by a suspected heart attack just when the financial security he always craved was within his grasp, an irony possibly too savage even for Craggy Island.
Years of grind and stress verging on mania caught up with the Irish actor on Saturday night when he collapsed during a dinner party at his home in Richmond, south-west London. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at West Middlesex hospital. Tomorrow would have been his 46th birthday.
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