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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Potenza Dies At 77

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Aug. 24 2011, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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By Adam S. Levy - Staff Writer

Jimmy Kimmel's charming uncle, Frank Potenza, died Tuesday at age 77, has learned.

A Korean War veteran, the Big Apple native was an officer for the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He also had stints as a security guard at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace and New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral prior to making appearances on his nephew's talk show, which debuted in 2003.

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On Twitter, Kimmel, whose show returns September 6, wrote: "thank you for your kind words about a very kind man - my Uncle Frank - who passed away this morning."

He also re-tweeted a number of kind words followers had left for him on the sad summer day.

His ex, comedienne Sarah Silverman, wrote: "RIP the beloved Uncle Frank. NYC cop, security guard, father to 3, husband to 1, & Uncle to everyone."

Potenza was "beloved by his coworkers and considered an uncle to all," ABC said in a statement Tuesday; a rep for the show added that Potenza's "kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched."

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Potenza is survived by three daughters, and a newborn granddaughter named Franki.

At this time, there’s no word on the cause of death.



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