Frank Potenza, Uncle of Jimmy Kimmel, Passes Away

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Frank Potenza, the uncle of Jimmy Kimmel and a long-time New York City police officer who retired in 2003 and became a often-used personality on his nephew's talk show, passed away this morning. He was 77.

Jimmy Kimmel Live has confirmed the news and released a statement referring to how much Frank's "kindness and humor" will be missed. His cause of death is unknown at this time.

"Thank you for your kind words about a very kind man - my Uncle Frank - who passed away this morning," Jimmy Tweeted a couple hours ago.

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I love watching Jimmy's show everynight and loved watching Uncle Frank, especially when he was with Aunt Chippy. I'm italian also and boy do l relate to everything they did and talked about. I laughed so hard when he did anything on the show. I cried when Jimmy talked about him last night and especially at the end when he showed Uncle Frank standing at the door, smiling that great big wonderful smile of his! His warmth and personality came through the T.V. set to everyone who watched him and so did Jimmy's enormous love for his uncle. I will miss him very,very much. Thanks Jimmy for sharing your Uncle Frank with all of us for the last 8 years! I will never forget him. Love you!

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We all loved Uncle Frank. Won't be another like him for a long, long time. The Sons of Italy Hollywood Lodge mourns his passing and sends our condolences to this beautiful family. Frank was an Honorary Member of our lodge and we will miss him dearly. Linda Desiante
President, Sons of Italy Hollywood Lodge