First Minister Peter Robinson has led the tributes to impersonator Sean Crummey, saying his untimely death was “like losing a bit of yourself”.
The voice of BBC comedy sketch show The Folks on the Hill, died yesterday in hospital from a cancer-related illness.
The political satirist was best known for impersonating the voices of Northern Ireland's politicians on the popular Radio Ulster programme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
Before his death, he said some of his favourite voices to impersonate were the late PUP leader David Ervine, Pope John Paul II and Bill McLaren.
He also said the worst insult for Northern Ireland’s politicians was not to be featured on the show.
Last night, the DUP leader and broadcasters Stephen Nolan and Ivan Martin shared their thoughts.
“So sorry to hear of Sean Crummey’s passing,” Mr Robinson said.
“He brightened many a dinner I attended. It’s like losing a bit of yourself. RIP.”
Nolan told his online followers: “I am so sad to hear of the death of Sean Crummey.
“He had incredible talent. I remember Sean making me laugh so much I was sore for days.”
Ivan Martin told the Belfast Telegraph Sean was an “exceptional talent”.
“I will remember him as a special person and someone who captured the voices of our politicians, sports people and entertainers,” he added.
“We knew he had been ill, but recently he had started to make a bit of a recovery.”
Mr Crummey, previously a teacher, is survived by his wife Gabrielle and their children.