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Johnny Murphy, the man behind The Commitments’ ‘Joey The Lips’, has died

“He was charming and cantankerous and humorous to the end”.

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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:

File Photo Actor Johnny Murphy has died. Murphty with Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball and Bronagh Gallagher Source: Eamonn Farrell

File Photo Actor Johnny Murphy has died. Source: Eamonn Farrell

Another Commitments star, Maria Doyle Kennedy simply said:

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