Graham Boland has died, his brother has announced (Picture: Facebook)
Channel 5 star and Benidorm icon Graham Boland has died.
The TV icon owned the legendary Benidorm bar Happy Days, which featured in Channel 5 programme Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun.
He was also known for his DJ slot at Fresh Radio, and was hugely popular in the Spanish city.
His death was announced by his brother, Anthony, who wrote in a statement that he was ‘completely heartbroken.’
In a statement on Facebook, he shared ‘the devastating news that my baby brother Graham sadly passed away this afternoon.’
‘As you can imagine this is the most heartbreaking news not only for myself and our family but also to all that knew and loved him too.’
Boland was known for appearing in Channel 5’s Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun (Picture: Facebook)
He finished: ‘You my baby brother will always [be] in my heart.’
Boland was much loved by tourists and residents of Benidorm, and people flocked to the post to share their condolences and upset at the news.
Jean Mc Monagle said she was ‘so shocked … thoughts are with you all,’ while Allison Barker said ‘so sorry for your loss … RIP Graham.’
Fans and friends of the bar owner have flocked to share their condolences (Picture: Facebook)
‘So shocked to hear this such a lovely guy,’ Yvonne Murray wrote, while Julie Whaley said she ‘can’t believe this very sad news.’
Boland’s TV career came with Bargain Loving Brits In The Sun, which followed him and others who moved to Benidorm for a sunnier and lower-cost life.
His last appearance came in April after a whopping 10 years on the show, with his final episode showing him getting a new puppy.
In a statement announcing he had ‘called it a day,’ he said he had ‘loved every minute’ on the show but called filming Gay Pride in Benidorm as ‘the ultimate day.’
‘I’d just like to say thank you to all the film and production team over the years. We did have a ball… I hope you all enjoyed the journey as much as me.’
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