’m a Celeb Get Me Out Of Below host Declan Donnelly’s elder brother Father Dermott has died aged 55.
Father Dermott Donnelly, a priest at St Joseph’s Church in Stanley, County Durham, was taken to clinic on Thursday night after collapsing prompting an outburst of messages of goodwill.
The Tv host wrote on Twitter: “I am heartbroken to tell you that my darling brother Fr Dermott, @TweeterPriest, regrettably passed absent this afternoon. We are all past devastated. Thank you for your messages of sympathy and support, they are appreciated.”
In a statement, a agent for Mr Donnelly included: “It is with excellent disappointment that we verify the loss of life of Fr Dermott Donnelly who died peacefully this afternoon in healthcare facility surrounded by his loved ones and near mates.
“We check with for the utmost privateness for the Donnelly spouse and children at this tricky time.”
The information broke right after Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle launched a assertion paying tribute to the priest.
It read: “It is with terrific unhappiness that I notify you of the death of Fr Dermott Donnelly who died peacefully this afternoon in clinic.
“This has arrive as a excellent shock to all of us. Make sure you pray for the repose of his soul and retain his family, in particular his mother, in your prayers at this tough time. Funeral arrangements will stick to when finalised.”
Catholic parishes in the north-east of England introduced on Facebook that he experienced been admitted to hospital.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith, of a neighbouring parish, wrote: “Father Dermott Donnelly is surrounded by his wonderful mother, household and close good friends in medical center.
“Please pray for this pretty unique priest as he prepares to go property to the God he has served faithfully all his everyday living.”
Stanley, Dipton & Byermoor Catholic Parishes posted a lot more details on Fb on Thursday night: “Please pray for Father Dermott who is really unwell in clinic.
“Tomorrow night between 6pm-7pm there will be period of time of time before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can arrive with each other as a group in St Joseph’s Church to pray for Father Dermott’s welfare.
“Please be respectful to Father Dermott and his spouse and children at this tough time, we will update you as and when we receive the most up to day info verified by the Diocese.”
Father Dermott is understood to have been a priest for 30 yrs.
In 2015. he officiated at the marriage of his renowned brother to Ali Astall in Newcastle in a star-studded ceremony.
“I do not publicize that I’m Dec’s brother, but the kids normally feel to know. It bridges the gap involving me and them,” Dermott beforehand explained.