(1960 – 2009)
In memory of
(1960 – 2009)
This is an online obituary in memory of Frank Deasy. Frank Deasy was an Irish screenwriter. He won an Emmy Award for the television series Prime Suspect and was also nominated for his works, Looking After Jo Jo and The Grass Arena. His other works included the BBC/HBO mini-series, The Passion. Preceding his death from liver cancer on 17 September 2009, Deasy spoke in public about his condition. An appearance on RTÃ‰ Radio 1's Liveline led to a record increase in organ donor card requests in Ireland. Deasy was first diagnosed with liver cancer four years before his death. He underwent surgery to remove the tumour but it was found to have returned in January 2009. Days before his death from the disease, Deasy began
discussing his condition in public forums. On his final Sunday, The Observer featured an article detailing his suffering and using it to request more organ donors. Deasy said: "I am only one of thousands of patients on organ transplant lists in Britain, living on our own, invisible, death row". Actor Dougray Scott, who starred in Deasy's drama Father & Son, supported him in The Observer. Deasy's words were echoed in The Observer's editorial which called for an enforcement of presumed consent. The following day, Deasy's story was carried by The Scotsman newspaper. His blood group (B) is that which makes up 10% of people, meaning he could only have received a transplant from such a group. Deasy resided in Scotland
at the time of his death in hospital. He was survived by his wife, Marie and their three children. This memorial is to honour his life and his achievements.
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