Richard Lewis Dead at 76

( – Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedian Richard Lewis has died. Known for his unique humor, the 76 year old Lewis revealed last year that he was battling Parkinson’s disease and would retire from stand-up comedy. He continued to appear in Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 12, which is currently on HBO, despite his plan to step back from the industry.

According to Lewis’ publicist Jeff Abraham, the actor died at home in Los Angeles after a heart attack. In a statement, Larry David, his co-star in Curb Your Enthusiasm, expressed deep sorrow. He described Lewis as the funniest and sweetest person, saying that this combination not only made him a good friend, but a very rare person. Jamie Lee Curtis, Lewis’s co-lead in Anything But Love, shared her gratitude for his role in her sobriety and paid a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

Lewis was well-known in the stand-up and acting circles as The Prince of Pain due to his erratic, free-flowing dialogue. He had a longstanding career performing in clubs and on late-night TV for decades. He also had some film experience, having played the neurotic Prince John in Robin Hood: Men in Tights directed by Mel Brooks.

Lewis found a new audience through his collaboration with Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he consistently showcased his unique brand of humor. His comedic influence earned him a spot in GQ magazine’s list of the most influential comedians in the 20th century, and Comedy Central recognized him among the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time. He was also described as “Jimi Hendrix” of monologues by Philadelphia’s City Paper.

Apart from his comedic legacy, Lewis contributed to charity causes, participating in events like Comic Relief and Comedy Gives Back.

His death has resulted in a lot of love and support from both fans and friends alike, showing how much he was appreciated in both his personal and professional life.

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