Declan Donnellys priest brother Dermott dies aged 55 after hospital dash

Dermott Donnelly, brother of I'm A Celebrity and Britain's Got Talent's Dec Donnelly, has passed away aged 55.

Dermott, who was a Catholic Priest, reportedly fell unwell and was taken to hospital after collapsing.

Doting brother Dec, 46, was said to have rushed to be by Dermott's hospital bedside.

Sadly, Dermott has since passed away.

Confirming the tragic news, the Bishop of Hexham said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Fr Dermott Donnelly who died peacefully this afternoon in hospital.

"This has come as a great shock to all of us."

He continued: "Please pray for the repose of his soul and keep his family, especially his mother, in your prayers at this difficult time.

"Funeral arrangements will follow when finalised."

The news of Dermott's passing comes just hours after it was revealed that he'd been taken to hospital after Stanley, Dipton & Byermoor Catholic Parishes asked people for their prayers.

"Please pray for Father Dermott who is extremely unwell in hospital," their plea began.

"Tomorrow evening between 6pm-7pm there will be period of time before the Blessed Sacrament so that we can come together as a community in St Joseph’s Church to pray for Father Dermott’s welfare."

The statement continued: “Please be respectful to Father Dermott and his family at this difficult time, we will update you as and when we receive the most up to date information verified by the Diocese.”

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