JIMMY KIMMEL’S beloved UNCLE FRANK POTENZA, a former police officer who became a frequent guest comedian on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, died Tuesday morning at the age of 77.

JIMMY, whose show is on hiatus until next month Tweeted, “Thank you for your kind words about a very kind man – my Uncle Frank – who passed away this morning.”

Prior to engaging in hijinx with his nephew on the ABC late night show, FRANK POTENZA was a Korean War veteran who worked 20 years as a New York City police officer. He also worked for 20 years as a security guard at CAESAR’S PALACE in Las Vegas and at ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL in New York.

In 2003, JIMMY asked his UNCLE FRANK to move to Los Angeles to join his then upstart talk show as security guard and on air contributor.

The show commented in a statement: “During his nine year run on air, Uncle Frank contributed many great moments to Jimmy Kimmel Live. He was beloved by his coworkers and considered an Uncle to all. His kindness and humour will be missed by everyone he touched.”

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