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Uncle Frank of ‘Kimmel Show’ fame dies at 77

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In this Dec. 16, 2010 photo released by ABC, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, right, talks with his Uncle Frank Potenza on the set of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Potenza, who handled both security and comedy on ABC?s ?Jimmy Kimmel Live!?, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at the age of 77. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)

LOS ANGELES >> Jimmy Kimmel’s Uncle Frank, who handled both security and comedy on ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," has died. Frank Potenza was 77.

A statement from the show says Potenza died early Tuesday. Further details weren’t immediately available.

The silver-haired Potenza had served as a New York City police officer for two decades and as a private security guard before Kimmel asked him to join his show in 2003. On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Potenza was paired in comedy bits with Guillermo Rodriguez, a real-life parking lot security guard for the show.

Potenza and his former wife, Conchetta "Chippy" Potenza, also were sent by Kimmel on comic "adventures" such as working on a dairy farm.

The Kimmel show says Potenza’s "kindness and humor" will be missed by all who knew him.


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