With just hours to go before ringing in the new year, 2016 added to its impressive list of lost celebrities.
…claiming one of the most lovable of them all.
William Christopher, best known for his role as Father John Mulcahy on the popular TV show “M*A*S*H,” died on Saturday, KABC-TV reported.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 1, 2017
The 84-year-old actor died from non-small cell lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, according to his son, John Christopher.
Remarkably, Christopher’s death comes one year to the day after the death of co-star Wayne Rogers. The actor who played the beloved Trapper John on “M.A.S.H.” died on New Year’s Eve last year.
In a statement to Eyewitness News, fellow co-star Loretta Swit said of Christopher’s passing:
“Our dear Bill and his goodness are a great argument for there being a heaven. I never heard him complain or lose his temper. Everyone adored him. A great sense of humor and a great humanitarian. He became TV’s quintessential padre as Father Mulcahy on ‘M*A*S*H.’ It was the most perfect casting ever known. He was probably responsible for more people coming back to the church. If God is nigh, then surely he or she will welcome Bill with open arms.”
Christopher explained Father Mulcahy’s mission on the show in the video below:
The reaction on social media was to say enough is enough with 2016… and more than a few heartfelt goodbyes.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
FATHER MULCAHY, actor William Christopher dies today…
2016 has one last kick in the teeth pic.twitter.com/f77QOrBIVb
— Beth (@MrsStinkFingers) January 1, 2017
— Kevin Moyer (@kmoyer63) January 1, 2017
William Christopher, Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, died this am of lung cancer at 84. #2016 can’t end soon enough. Thoughts & prayers pic.twitter.com/7pIsR6kYv5
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 1, 2017
“A faith of convenience is a hollow faith.” ~ Father Mulcahy. (RIP William Christopher) pic.twitter.com/ezsTQdE68l
— Sr. Veronica Paul (@sistervpaul_) January 1, 2017
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) January 1, 2017
2016 Ends like it started, death of another celebrity ‘M.A.S.H.’ star William Christopher dies at 84 https://t.co/P7xeYqMYmm
— The Infidel (@Grand_Infidel) January 1, 2017
2016 just had to snatch 1 more before 2017, didn’t it? RIP William Christopher, AKA MASH’s Father Mulcahy pic.twitter.com/JQB9uCKeaY
— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) January 1, 2017
— Mark Masek (@CemeteryGuide) January 1, 2017
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