Fair City favourites have paid tribute to co-star Alan O’Neill after he was found dead at the age of 47.
Well-known faces Jenny Dixon, Aisling O’Neill and Dave O’Sullivan have praised his warm nature and fun-loving personality after the tragic news of his passing emerged from America.
The RTE actor is best known for playing the role of Keith McGrath in Carraigstown and he left a lasting impression on his former colleagues.
Dave O’Sullivan, who plays Decco Bishop, told RSVP magazine: “Alan was a great guy to work with, he was always happy and fun to be around. The cast and crew in Fair City that worked with him are devastated. All my love to his family, especially his kids at this time.”
Actress Jenny Dixon worked with O’Neill on one of her first films after breaking into the industry.
She said: “It was a privilege and an honour to have acted alongside Alan. He was great friend who taught me so much.
“He was so very kind and will be sadly missed.”
Fair City stalwart Aisling O’Neill added: “He was kind, warm and ambitious and we are all deeply saddened by his loss. He was so funny on set, a lovely man.”
Alan was discovered in his Los Angeles apartment on Wednesday night and was believed to have been with his girlfriend at the time of his death.
His manager, Grey Meyer, confirmed the news after reports emerged. Police in America have ruled out foul play.
Alan began playing the role of garage worker Keith back in 2006 where he had a rather interesting relationship with his loud mouth girlfriend Una.
He left the show to move Stateside back in 2012.
As well as starring in Fair City, he is also well-known for playing Hugh from biker gang drama Sons of Anarchy.
He also starred in comedy show Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories and British series Inspector George Gently.
This devastating loss to the world of Irish TV and film comes after the death of fellow Fair City actor Stephen Swift earlier this week.
The 44-year-old played the role of Wayne Molloy in one episode in 2005, a role now played by Victor Burke.
Source: Celebrity News Ireland