Comedian Kevin Bridges is mourning the death of his dad aged 75 after ‘battling poor health’ in recent months
- Kevin’s representatives confirmed to MailOnline that Andy died on Thursday
- He was reportedly surrounded by family, including the Scottish comedian, 36
- Andy Bridges was ‘Kevin’s mentor’ and took him to his first ever gig as a teen
Comedian Kevin Bridges is mourning the death of his father after he passed away aged 75.
The Scottish funnyman, 36, is said to have been at Andy’s side when he died on Thursday January 5, along with his mother Patricia and the rest of the family.
According to The Sun, a source revealed: ‘Andy was Kevin’s mentor and took him to his first ever gig when he was a teenager. He was still bouncing new material off him in recent weeks.
Heartbreaking: Comedian Kevin Bridges is mourning the death of his father after he passed away aged 75
‘Andy was absolutely hilarious and that’s where Kevin got his comedy skills from.’
The insider also went on to explain that Andy had the ‘biggest influence’ on Kevin’s career.
‘He was without question the biggest influence on Kevin’s career and drove him to pub gigs all over the UK in the early days,’ they added, ‘They were a team.’
Kevin’s representatives have confirmed the death of his father to MailOnline.
Terrible news: The Scottish funnyman, 36, is said to have been at Andy’s side when he died, along with his mother Patricia and the rest of the family
Kevin has previously spoken about his beloved father when he appeared on the Graham Norton Show in 2015.
Graham mentioned that he understood how important Kevin’s dad was in making his career.
‘My dad, he used to drive me to the gigs because I was too young to perform in the clubs so they’d [let me] as long as I brought a parent, which was pretty uncool,’ he told the TV host.
‘Having to bring a note in and say you’re alright to go on stage in these comedy clubs.
‘He used to drive me everywhere, all over Scotland.’
Nostalgia: In September 2021, Kevin shared a picture of himself and his dad Andy stood outside The Stand, a comedy club in Glasgow – where his dad drove him for his first gig
Since his career kicked off, Graham added that Kevin has thanked his parents for their support over the years, and on one occasion buying them a ticket on the Orient Express.
‘My dad’s always had a thing for trains,’ he explained. ‘He always wanted to go on the Orient Express. So for their anniversary a couple of years ago I got them the trip.
‘And my dad is the only guy whose ever missed the train.
‘He got off at Innsbrook station, he sent me a long text before the train’s about to depart.
‘He goes, “Son, we’ve been wined and dined, I’ve been gazing at the tyrolean mountains”… and I’m looking at this text thinking “ah he’s really had a good time”.
‘Then he just goes, “S***e!”. Then it’s just went, “The train has just left, Kevin. Call me son”.’
Strong bond: Kevin’s dad was ‘without question the biggest influence on [his] career’ and ‘drove him to pub gigs all over the UK in the early days’, a source revealed (Kevin pictured in 2015)
His dad then got a standing ovation when he finally caught the train up after calling in help from locals to meet it at another station.
In September 2021, Kevin shared a picture of himself and his dad Andy stood outside The Stand, a comedy club in Glasgow.
He revealed that it was the first place he did his open mic spot – and his dad was the one to drive him there.
Captioning the post, Kevin wrote: ‘Over 17 and a half years since this man drove me up here for my first open mic spot. Good to have him back in da cluuuub last night. There we were now here we are… #Da #BigAndy’.
Only last year, Kevin welcomed his first child with wife Kerry.
He has kept his son out of sight since he was born in summer 2021, only sharing one photo of him carrying his little one out from one of his shows.
Celebrate: Only last year, Kevin welcomed his first child with wife Kerry. He has kept his son out of sight since he was born last summer, only sharing one photo of him carrying his little one out from one of his shows
Wearing a blue jumper and carrying a black backpack as he walked through a back corridoor, Kevin carried his baby boy in his arm, who wore a cute beige beanie hat with a bobble on top.
With a dummy in his mouth, the youngster looked ahead to the camera as he was being photograph.
The first-time dad told the Scottish Sun that they named the baby boy Liam.
Speaking to his fans in the caption of his post, Kevin writes: ‘Five arena tours done! Mental. Thank you to everyone who came out. It’s been a ride. From the comedy clubs in January right up to the big b****** arenas, we go again and again.
Congratulations: Kevin Bridges is pictured with his wife Kerry before they became parents in summer 2021, with a baby boy named Liam
‘A few off field issues to deal with and then there will be some international dates and of course a DVD / special / whatever it’s called these days.
‘To 2023, man and god bless the heart to the trigger fans, and my mum, dad, brar, wife, and legend of son and my dug – thank you.
‘There we were, now here we are. See you all very shortly…’
Kevin Bridges is ‘absolutely delighted’ to become a father as his wife Kerry is pregnant with their first child.
Father: It was revealed that the Scottish comic, 36, and his wife Kerry, were expecting their first child in May last year, but has kept his son out of sight since he was born last summer
The comedian, 34, tied the knot with his partner three years ago in St Peter’s Church, Glasgow and they are started a family together when little Liam was born last year.
A source close to the couple told The Sun at the time: ‘We can confirm Kevin and Kerry are expecting a child this year.
‘They are absolutely delighted and are both looking forward to parenthood.’
A spokesperson for Kevin confirmed to the publication: ‘We can confirm Kevin and Kerry are expecting a child this year.’
Kevin and Kerry used their wedding to raise money for charity, asking friends and family to donate to Glasgow’s Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in lieu of gifts.
Delighted: The comedian, 34, tied the knot with his partner two years ago in St Peter’s Church, Glasgow and they are now starting a family together
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