06/02/2018 00:28 GMT | Updated 06/02/2018 09:08 GMT

John Mahoney Dead: 'Frasier' Star Dies, Aged 77

Starred in hit sitcom for more than a decade.

Actor John Mahoney, who starred as Martin Crane in US sitcom ‘Frasier’, has died aged 77, his manager said.

The British-born star, who played Frasier’s father for more than 10 years, died on Sunday (4 February) while in hospice care in Chicago, TMZ reports.

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His cause of death has not been announced. 

In the wake of the news, hundreds of fans, including many famous faces, rushed to pay tribute on Twitter: 

Born in Blackpool, Mahoney began his career on the stage in the UK before moving to the US.

As the straight-talking father of Frasier and Niles Crane, who were portrayed by Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney won over thousands of fans. 

‘Frasier’ ran for 11 seasons from 1993-2004 and Mahoney won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2000 in for the role.

Mahoney was also nominated for two Emmys and two Golden Globes.

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