One of the most beloved stand-up comics and comedians, Richard Lewis has died at age 76. He played a fictionalized version of himself to critical acclaim on Curb Your Enthusiasm. The cause of death was of a heart attack.

Lewis previously announced that he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from stand-up comedy. His most recent on-screen appearance was in season 12 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Richard Lewis got his start in the New York and Los Angeles comedy scene in the 1970s alongside legends like Andy Kaufman and Richard Belzer. He became a favorite among late night shows like The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His on-stage wit, and dark comedy was the thing of legends.

He was a staple of HBO and Showtime in the ’80s and ’90s with comedy specials across both channels including I’m In Pain, I’m Exhausted, I’m Doomed, and Richard Lewis: The Magical Misery Tour.

His publicist Jeff Abraham released a statement confirming his death and asking for privacy for his family.

“His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the love, friendship and support and asks for privacy at this time,”

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