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Ant and Dec’s Declan Donnelly heartbroken after the death of his brother, father Dermott at 55

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Declan Donnelly said he was “heartbroken” after the death of his brother, Father Dermott Donnelly, at the age of 55.

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle announced the news on Friday that the Catholic priest had died in hospital that afternoon after a brief illness.

TV star Declan, 46, wrote on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I tell you that my beloved brother, Father Dermott, @TweeterPriest, sadly passed away this afternoon.

“We are all beyond devastated. Thank you for your messages of sympathy and support, they are greatly appreciated DD.”

In 2015, Dermott’s father celebrated his brother’s wedding to Ali Astall in Newcastle in a star-studded ceremony.

A statement from the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle said: “We are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Father Dermott Donnelly, who passed away in hospital this afternoon.

“This is a huge shock to all of us.

“Please pray for his soul’s burial and keep his family, especially his mother, in your prayers at this difficult time.”

Father Dermott recently celebrated 30 years of service to his parish and community, where he is best known for his work with young people and youth ministry.

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He was a member of the chaplain for St Joseph’s Church in Stanley, County Durham.

Bishop Robert Byrne of Hexham and Newcastle said “he will be greatly missed for his energy, enthusiasm and ability to bond with all who met him”.

He added: “This is especially true in his work with young people and youth ministry in the Diocese – bringing many disadvantaged and disadvantaged young people to Christ.

“He really lived his faith, and in doing so, he gave so much to others.

“It is with great gratitude that we will remember him and all that he has forgotten about himself.”

Bishop Robert noted that because Father Dermott was born and raised in the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, he and his extended family were well known to the local community.

He added: “Our prayers and condolences should go out to those who will be grieving strongly at this time.”

Stanley, Dipton & Byermoor Catholic parishes also shared the news and asked parishioners to “pray for the burial of his soul”.

The group announced on Thursday that Father Dermott was “very unwell” in hospital and had asked for prayers for him.

A similar message was posted on the Facebook page of the Pontop Partnership – a group of 10 Catholic parishes in the dioceses of Hexham and Newcastle.

After news of his death, those who knew him and worked with him shared a series of tributes on social media.

In 2014, he appeared on Songs Of Praise alongside CBBC’s Hacker T Dog to answer questions about the church that CBBC audiences sent in.

Joseph’s Church in Stanley will hold a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on July 8 to pray for Father Dermott.

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