Irish actor Johnny Murphy has passed away, according to reports.
The star was best known for his role as trumpet player Joey “The Lips” Fagan in The Commitments, a role he beat Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher to.
Glen Hansard, who co-starred with Murphy in the 1991 film, was one of the first to pay tribute to him on his social media platforms.
The great Johnny Murphy, (Joey the Lips Fagan) passed yesterday.. A beautiful man, and a true gent.Bless you Johnny pic.twitter.com/nIW418VEhx— Glen Hansard (@Glen_Hansard) February 23, 2016
Murphy's Commitments co-star Maria Doyle Kennedy also followed suit by tweeting:
Xx— Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) February 23, 2016
Mr Murphy, who was in his early seventies, also had roles in Angela’s Ashes, Into the West and War of the Buttons.
Details of his death have yet to be released.
Sorry to hear Irish actor Johnny Murphy has died. Remembered by most as 'Joey the Lips' in 'The Commitments'.....and by many as a gent. #RIP— john creedon (@johncreedon) February 23, 2016
Johnny Murphy. Joey the Lips. RIP. xx— sonya kelly (@sonyakelly06) February 23, 2016
Saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Murphy. Joey The Lips was a legend, but he also played a mean Estragon pic.twitter.com/Wf1rDax8NT— Colin J McCracken 🦇 💀 🎃 👻 🦇 (@ColinJMcCracken) February 23, 2016