February 29, 2024

Comedy Legend Richard Lewis Dead at 76

Richard Lewis, the beloved comedian famed for his role in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," has passed away at 76, confirmed by his publicist.

The comedic icon died peacefully at his Los Angeles residence after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday night.

In a statement released by his publicist, Jeff Abraham, Lewis's wife, Joyce Lapinsky, expressed gratitude for the support and love received, urging for privacy during this period.

Lewis had publicly announced his retirement from stand-up comedy in April after revealing his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

In a heartfelt video shared on social media, Lewis reassured fans of his condition, emphasizing his intention to transition to writing and acting while reflecting on the challenges he had faced in recent years.

Recently, Lewis candidly discussed his Parkinson’s diagnosis in an interview with Vanity Fair, emphasizing the significance of gratitude and acceptance in coping with the illness.

Despite health struggles, Lewis continued to pursue his acting career, reprising his role in the final season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which premiered on HBO this month. He is set to appear in the series finale scheduled for April 7.

“We are heartbroken to learn that Richard Lewis has passed away," an HBO spokesperson stated.

“His comedic brilliance, wit, and talent were unmatched. Richard will always be a cherished member of the HBO and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ families, our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and all the fans who could count on Richard to brighten their days with laughter,” the statement concluded.

Originating from New York, Lewis gained prominence for his distinct neurotic comedic style, featuring in sitcoms like "Anything but Love" and in various film roles including "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "Leaving Las Vegas."

Acknowledged as one of Comedy Central's top 50 stand-up comedians, Lewis chronicled his life experiences in the memoir "The Other Great Depression," published in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Joyce.

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