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Jimmy Kimmel cries during 'Uncle Frank' tribute

September 7, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Jimmy Kimmel with Uncle Frank, who died  at age 77 last month

Jimmy Kimmel broke down and cried Tuesday night when remembering his uncle Frank Potenza, who died of cancer at age 77 last month.

Potenza -- who appeared on the program as security guard "Uncle Frank" - died while ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was on vacation. "He always hated when we were on vacation," Kimmel told viewers. "So, he decided to ruin it for us." 

Kimmel remembered his uncle as a world-class eccentric, the kind of person who once resolved to walk every street in New York and talk to people along the way.

"His plan was to live to 103," Kimmel said. "He wanted to be the oldest living retired New York city police officer. Not because he wanted to set a record or anything -- he just wanted to stick them for another 25 years of pension checks."

Here's the video tribute from the show:



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Photo: Jimmy Kimmel leans on uncle Frank Potenza's shoulder. Credit: Michael Ansell / ABC