RIP Don Rickles
Comedian Don Rickles has died at age 90.
Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend, said Rickles died Thursday of kidney failure at his Los Angeles home.
DON RICKLES WAS WELL-LOVED BY OTHER COMEDIANS
“He was the love of my life. Don Rickles is funnier right now in death than most comics are in life.” Chris Rock via Twitter.
“He was so beloved by everyone. To be insulted by him was the greatest honour. Having the privilege to know him a bit personally, I can tell you that he was the warmest, kindest man you could know, with an unflinching love for his family and close friends… But you didn’t have to know him personally to know that he was love and kindness personified. If he wasn’t, none of his material would work.” Sarah Silverman in a statement.
“He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known.” Bob and Ginnie Newhart in a statement.
“Don Rickles was one the absolute greats. I feel lucky for the times I was ever in his orbit, my thoughts are with his family today.” James Corden via Twitter.
“Those were the days, my friend DonRickles We thought they’d never end. We loved you so.” Dick Van Dyke via Twitter.
“One of the all-time great men * comics Don Rickles passed, always a class act * funny as hell. RIP condolences to his family * to America.” Whoopi Goldberg via Twitter.
“He never was Politically Correct and he never apologized for it.” Gilbert Gottfried via Twitter.
“There were few, if any, that were quicker than Don. He didn’t think of the next line he would use, he was already thinking of the line after that.” Rich Little in a statement.
“Being skewered by Don Rickles was side-splitting funny. A gentle soul with rapid fire wit.” Barbra Streisand via Twitter.
“God Bless Don Rickles, aka, Mr. Warmth! Proud to have been heckled by him from the stage many times!” LeVar Burton via Twitter.
“90 years of Don Rickles weren’t enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing.” Jimmy Kimmel via Twitter.
“My friend, my dad, the funniest biggest hearted of them all. A beautiful husband and father. My heart is broken.” Bob Saget via Twitter.
“Don Rickles was simply the best. He created insult comedy * yet every 1 of his targets felt loved and honoured. One of a kind.” Jason Alexander via Twitter.
Here’s Don Rickles joining Frank Sinatra on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Wait for the story at the end, priceless!