“Uncle Frank” Potenza — the silver-haired ex-cop who charmed audiences on his nephew’s show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“, died early this morning … reps from the show have confirmed.
Uncle Frank spent 20 years as a New York City police officer — before eventually becoming a staple on Kimmel’s late night show in 2003.
The show released an official statement on Frank’s passing — saying his “kindness and humor” will be missed.
The show has not revealed Frank’s cause of death.
Uncle Frank was 77.
10:45 AM: Jimmy tweeted about the situation … saying, “thank you for your kind words about a very kind man – my Uncle Frank – who passed away this morning.”