EIGHTIES radio star Mr Abie has died aged 68.
The troubled former Radio Clyde star and comedian – whose real name was Robert Abraham – died on Sunday while visiting his eldest son Darren in Ireland.
It is understood the dad-of-six, who had battled throat cancer for 16 years, suffered a bad fall a fortnight ago and his condition rapidly deteriorated.
Mr Abie, who lived locally in Stewartfield and latterly Crutherland Gate, was a huge radio and cabaret star in the ‘80s and recorded a World Cup song in 1998.
However, after being forced to quit his Saturday lunchtime radio show through illness, his life became increasingly plagued by tragedy and controversy.
His battle with cancer meant he had to cancel £20,000 of cabaret work – and was left relying on benefits.
In August 2010, the comic was slammed by the grieving family of murdered referee David Linning, after it was revealed he planned to remarry his ex-wife Jennifer on the day of Mr Linning’s memorial. This was just eight months after Mr Abie’s sons brutally battered Jennifer’s lover Linning to death in December 2009.
Christopher and Robert, then aged 26 and 20, savagely beat and slashed the grandfather-of-15 in his Westwood bungalow. The brothers had wrongly believed the 65-year-old had assaulted their alcoholic mum.
The evil pair were each jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to culpable homicide.
In December 2010, Mr Abie received a six-year ban for operating as a director of his home-help company, Quality Care Scotland Ltd, while bankrupt and failing to pay £62,980 in taxes.
Before marrying former Tennant’s Lager lovely Jennifer – with whom he had five children – Mr Abie had son Darren with his first wife Avril.
The News understands Mr Abie is to be cremated in Ireland and a memorial service is expected to be held in the town at a later date.