ACTOR JOHNNY MURPHY, best known as trumpet player Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan in The Commitments, has died.
Murphy, who was also an accomplished theatre actor, passed away after a brief respiratory illness. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
Director and friend Peter Reid posted on Facebook this morning:
It’s with great sadness to have to say John ” Johnny” Murphy died last night after a brief respiratory illness. He passed peacefully and will be deeply missed. He was charming and cantankerous and humorous to the end. RIP John ( 1943 – 2016)
Commitments co-star Glen Hansard is among those paying tribute to Murphy today:
Another Commitments star, Maria Doyle Kennedy simply said: