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Friday, April 23, 2021

Give My Head Peace character dies suddenly
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The world of Northern Ireland comedy has this evening been plunged into sadness at the sudden passing of BJ Hogg, better known for his character – Big Mervyn – in popular comedy ‘Give My Head Peace’.

BJ had been a cast member of the popular BBC comedy for 20 years and today was his 65th Birthday. As well as comedy, BJwas also known for serious acting, including an episode of Game of Thrones.

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His fellow co-stars have paid tribute to their friend and colleague.

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Diona Doherty Hegarty said: “So sad at the sudden passing of our friend Bj Hogg who was always such a please to work with on Give My Head Peace. The most positive and supportive man. A sad day for our industry and for Brian’s family.”

While Nula McKeever spoke of her love for him: “Now all I want to say is thank you BJ for being such a gorgeous man. Can’t believe it. Much love to the people I know who loved him…. Tim McGarry Olivia Nash Valerie Butler…Dan Gordon.. Can’t believe it. How can that smile be gone??”

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Dan Gordon simply said: “Ah Big Merlin… I will miss you… Much love from Red Hand Luke” in reference to how Dan’s character called BJ’s character Mervyn.

Thoughts with his family and friends at this sad time.

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