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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank

Dead at 77

8/23/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Uncle Frank" Potenza -- the silver-haired ex-cop who charmed audiences on his nephew's show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", died early this morning ... reps from the show have confirmed.

Uncle Frank spent 20 years as a New York City police officer -- before eventually becoming a staple on Kimmel's late night show in 2003.

The show released an official statement on Frank's passing -- saying his "kindness and humor" will be missed.

The show has not revealed Frank's cause of death.

Uncle Frank was 77.

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10:45 AM: Jimmy tweeted about the situation ... saying, "thank you for your kind words about a very kind man - my Uncle Frank - who passed away this morning."

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Cee    

Poor Uncle Frank...always seemed like a sweet kind soul RIP

1155 days ago
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moveover    

Jimmy Kimmel has the best show on late night these days. Frank was a fun part of it, always a good sport ... as well as being JK's Uncle. Sorry to hear this news. Going to miss him. RIP, Uncle Frank!

1155 days ago
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meow    

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1155 days ago
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Shawn    

Frank was a good sport. RIP

1155 days ago
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the Seeker    

Sorry to hear this Frank had been looking frail lately and I wondered what was wrong. RIP Frankie baby..

1155 days ago
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Sarafina    

Awww, that's really sad. I didn't know he was a retired NYPD officer--very cool! I always like seeing him and Jimmy interact. Condolences to Jimmy and the whole Potenza family, RIP Frank.

1155 days ago
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LiveOutLoud    

Uncle Frank was the best thing to happen to that show. He and his ex-wife were so funny together. RIP Uncle Frank.

1155 days ago
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¡¿Art?!    

That's terribly sad. I always liked Uncle Frank and his antics with Guermo. RIP

1155 days ago
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Cara    

I have grown to love this show.
Jimmy is so bright, and Uncle Frank was so lovable.

1155 days ago
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Darrius    

This news really ruined my day, RIP Uncle Frank, that was one cool dude...

1155 days ago
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Lin    

He will be missed.RIP Uncle Frank.My condolences to his family..

1155 days ago
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birdman    

RIP. He was really funny

1155 days ago
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spyke    

It's so nice to see people posting such kind comments. My condolences to his family, friends and apparently a lot of fans who really loved him.

1155 days ago
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soulofanangel    


5.9 Earthquake in Virginia, felt in New York, D.C. etc. on CNN now.

Uncle Frank Peace be with you.

1155 days ago
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Mike    

He always had a smile and a kind word for all. RIP Frank.

1155 days ago
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