Former Modern Family veteran actor Fred Willard dies aged 86

Former Modern Family veteran actor Fred Willard dies aged 86

- Modern Family actor Fred Willard, who played Frank Dunphy, has died peacefully in Los Angeles, USA

- The comedic Thespian was 86 years old at the time of his demise

- His friends in the industry said they had never met anyone as sweet as him and they would miss him for the rest of their days

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American comedic actor Fred Willard has died.

The 86-year-old former For Your Consideration star was reported to have died of natural causes while in Los Angeles.

According to CNN, the celebrated actor’s daughter Hope Mulbarger confirmed her dad died peacefully and kept pushing and working hard before breathing his last.

“He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever,” she said.

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The Emmy nominee, who played scene-stealing roles, lost his 71-year-old wife Mary Willard in 2018. The two were married for 50 years.

Fellow entertainers mourned Fred and described him as a bright light who went too soon.

His fellow Modern Family actors regretted the funny chap’s demise and said they loved every minute they spent with him.

“There was no man sweeter or funnier. We were so lucky to know Fred Willard and will miss his many visits,” TV personality Jimmy Kimmel wrote.

Steve Carrell, a fellow comedic actor, said Fred was the funniest person he had ever worked with and described the deceased as a sweet, wonderful man.

During his heydays, the Thespian curved out his niche in comedy and always knew how to leave his audience and viewers entertained.

His career was always attached to a specific uniqueness that had his name and smile written all over it.

In his younger years, Fred served in the army and played baseball.

He was brought up in a well-off family and lost his dad at a young age.

The actor first appeared on TV in 1966 after getting a role in a brief sitcom dubbed Pistols n Petticoats.

During his career, the actor was cast in over 700 movies and shows.

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