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John Dunsworth, known as Jim Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, dies

Last Updated Oct 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm EST

Actor John Dunsworth, an admitted video lottery gambling addict, listens to a speaker at a news conference in Halifax on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. Dunsworth, who plays Mr. Lahey on the award-winning series Trailer Park Boys, was hooked on VLTs for more than five years and is part of a group trying to rid the province of the machines. (CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan)

Actor John Dunsworth, best known for playing Jim Lahey in the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys,” has died. He was 71.

The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening.

“With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the statement said.

“John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief.”

Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.

But Dunsworth was also involved in community theatre for decades.

Condolences for the revered actor were pouring in on social media Monday evening.

American comedian Tom Arnold wrote on Twitter: “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honour to work with.”

Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the “Trailer Park Boys,” including when Mr. Lahey declared: “I am the liquor.”