Acclaimed actor and alumnus of Quincy University John Mahoney has passed away at the age of 77. Mahoney was most famous for his role in NBC’s “Fraiser” in which he played Martin Crane, father of Fraiser Crane and Niles Crane (played by Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce respectively).

According to TMZ, Mahoney passed away Sunday in Chicago while in hospice care.
In recent years, Mahoney guest starred in “Hot In Cleveland” and was featured in movies including “American President”, “Say Anything”, and “Eight Men Out”.

John was nominated for two Golden Globes, two Emmy Awards, and was the recipient of the 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in "The House Of Blue Leaves".

John is a 1966 graduate of Quincy University (then Quincy College). He also taught English at Western Illinois University in the 1970s.

Quincy University has released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of John Mahoney ’66. John was a devoted and caring alum who had many fond memories of his time at QU. He was a faithful supporter of Quincy University, most recently serving as the Honorary Chair of the Forever Forward Capital Campaign. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.