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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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realitychecker    

Awwww. How very sad. Uncle Frank, you will be missed by many. My condolences to Jimmy and his family.

1120 days ago
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DetroitpowerKush    

A true television original, we will miss Dr. Uncle Frank’s advice. Veatrice and Uncle Frank were two of the best parts of the early JKL show. Bests wishes and prayers two Jimmy and the rest of the JKL family.

1120 days ago
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Yamiguru    

RIP Uncle Frank!

1120 days ago
34.

she    

He really was a sweet guy. Rest in Peace Uncle Frank and here is a kiss from me. We'll miss you.

1120 days ago
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keeping it real    

RIP uncle Frank, You will be missed.
Been Watching JK show since it first started. and one of the main highlights was UNCLE FRANK. Its a loss to the family and the fans of JK show. RIP

1120 days ago
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Showhomes Girl    

A few years ago our company went to Hollywood to see the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Uncle Frank went out of his way to greet, visit and seat us in a very nice location (front and center) - even though the place was packed with people. He will be greatly missed.

1120 days ago
37.

john    

Sorry to hear your loss Jimmy...
you're a sweet guy.

1120 days ago
38.

Kathy    

so sad to hear!!!!!

1120 days ago
39.

Home Skillet    

Aggggghhh - Uncle Frank was definitely a bright spot on Jimmy's show. RIP, Uncle Frank and my condolences to you and your family, Jimmy.

1120 days ago
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Renee    

RIP Uncle Frank....you'll be greatly missed:(:( My condolences to his family.

1120 days ago
41.

SusieQ    

Oh, no, I am so sad to hear this. Uncle Frank will truly be missed by his fans.

1120 days ago
42.

Jose559m    

my condolences to Uncle Franks family :(

1120 days ago
43.

LindaG    

Sweet, charming Uncle Frank. Very sad. He'll definitely be missed on the show. What will Guillermo do without him???
Condolences to Jimmy and the rest of the family.

1120 days ago
44.

MP    

That's very sad. He wasn't that old either. Condolences to his family and friends.

1120 days ago
45.

Darcy    

RIP Uncle Frank....you will be missed on JKL!

1120 days ago
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