The son of a famous comic today slammed reports his father died a “penniless” man – and paid tribute to his generosity.
It was reported yesterday that comedian Frank Carson, who died at his home in Blackpool last year of stomach cancer, claimed he left his family £8,013 but that the net value of his estates was “nil” after debts and expenses were paid.
But speaking to The Gazette, his son Ian says the reports have caused his family “immense upset”.
Ian said: “Everything that has appeared in the news has been really upsetting. Not only was my dad an elderly 85-year-old man when he died he was ill for the eight months leading up to his death.
“My father was a very generous man and it was good planning that left him as close to zero as possible when he died.
“Not only has he been extremely generous to his extended family over the years, including up to the end of his life he has raised and donated millions of pounds to charity.
“The Integrated Educated Fund in Northern Ireland, Water Rats, drama schools have also benefitted greatly from his generosity. Quite wisely, I may add, it was his decision to die with as little money to his name as possible.”
One national media report yesterday said Mr Carson’s family were left with £8,013, but once debts and expenses were paid his will states that the net value of such estate is nil.’
Frank Carson, who was famous for one liners and his catch-phrase “It’s a cracker”, spent three years serving in The Parachute Regiment in the 1940s before becoming a household name in both Ireland and England, appearing on television shows such as The Comedians and Tiswas.
He was associated with the resort for many years and his casket lay on public display at his local parish church, St Kentigern’s RC, on Newton Drive, following his death.
His funeral was held in Belfast, the city where he was born.