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2020 has been declared a year of doom, and perhaps rightly so. While the gloom of the pandemic refuses to abate, fans have had to deal with the loss of several celebrities as well. Recently, 'Game Of Thrones' star  BJ Hogg died at the age of 65. The actor, who was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, was well-known for his role in the fantasy drama as Addam Marbrand, and for parts in BBC's 'The Fall' and Big Mervyn in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series 'Give My Head Peace'.  The cause of death has not been disclosed. 

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The team behind 'Give My Head Peace', the 'Hole in the Wall Gang', said in a statement, "BJ is part of the Give My Head Peace family. He was a fine actor, great colleague and a true friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail at this time."

BJ's agent Geoff Stanton told Mailonline, "We are all devastated at the news of BJ's passing and offer our profound sympathies to his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail."

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Fans poured tributes on Twitter. "A Legacy with wit & the craic to go with it..RIP BjHogg," wrote a fan. "I'm a big Give My Head Peace fan. The Friday nights with our family happed up on the settee watching are a great memory. I always thought BJ Hogg brought a wonderful faux-Patrician dignity to his part. Condolences @Tim_Mc_Garry
and team," tweeted another fan. 

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"I watched BJ Hogg, aka ‘Big Mervyn’ in a film last night, heard today that he has passed away. I met him years ago, he was a lovely man. Sincere sympathies to his friends and family, and to his #GiveMyHeadPeace family @Tim_Mc_Garry
etc," wrote another fan.

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"Awful news about BJ Hogg from Give My Head Peace. Saw him at the Ulster Hall in March for the live tour, was a great show - but it won’t be the same now without big Mervin!" wrote a fan.

"RIP BJ Hogg (Big Mervyn) You will be missed & never forgotten. You always made me smile & laugh My heart & prayers go out to BJ Higgs family & friends & hold in the wall gang & the Give my Head peace family." wrote another fan.

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His close friend, Peter O' Meara tweeted, My old friend actor BJ Hogg has passed. A super talent he was always willIng to share a whisper as to where the next gig might be found-a rare quality in this game. He set a standard that had great influence on me personally. Sending Love & strength to his family & friends. RIP."

Tim McGarry, a member of the 'Hole in the Wall Gang', the comedy team behind 'Give My Head Peace' wrote that he was shocked and heartbroken. "Everybody associated with #GiveMyHeadPeace is shocked and heartbroken by the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague BJ Hogg. We've lost a member of the family. Thanks for all the laughs BJ."

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