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John Dunsworth Of 'Trailer Park Boys' Dead At 71

"John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness."

10/16/2017 20:00 EDT | Updated 10/17/2017 17:30 EDT
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Actor John Dunsworth listens to a speaker at a news conference in Halifax on April 12, 2005. Dunsworth has died.

HALIFAX — Actor John Dunsworth, best known for playing Jim Lahey in the comedy series "Trailer Park Boys," has died.

The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening.

"With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away," the statement said.

"John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief."

Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the "Trailer Park Boys," a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.

But Dunsworth was also involved in community theatre for decades.

Condolences for the revered actor were pouring in on social media Monday evening.

American comedian Tom Arnold wrote on Twitter: "So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I've ever had the honour to work with."

Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the "Trailer Park Boys," including when Mr. Lahey declared: "I am the liquor."

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