Brendan Grace's son-in-law Frank Gillespie has called Liveline on RTÉ One to tell Joe Duffy that Brendan wanted to thank all his fans for all their well wishes following the news that the comedian has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

"The amount of cards, phone calls, people enquiring - we're just inundated. Brendan is battling away and he just wanted to let his fans know he loves them all out there, he knows everything that's going on and he's received all the wishes." Frank said.

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"From every part of the world, people are calling us and sending us wishes so we just wanted to get back and say a big thank you to everybody."

He added, "He's battling away - we're fighting to get out there again, to do his gigs and to keep going. We're thinking, this is just a little set back and we'll keep everyone informed."