Remembering Richard Lewis: Comedy Loses A Legend, Leaving A Legacy Of Laughter And Love

By Maria Angelino | Friday, 01 March 2024 01:50 PM
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The world of comedy is in mourning following the death of renowned comedian Richard Lewis, who passed away at the age of 76 due to a heart attack, as confirmed by his publicist on Wednesday.

Lewis, who recently gained recognition for his role in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was fondly remembered by his friend and the creator of the show, Larry David, among other celebrities.

In a heartfelt statement shared on the Instagram page of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," David reminisced about his long-standing friendship with Lewis. "Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he's been like a brother to me," David said. "He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I'll never forgive him."

The duo first crossed paths at a summer camp when they were 12 years old. They later played fictionalized versions of themselves on the popular HBO comedy about David, who co-created "Seinfeld."

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Several other stars from "Curb" paid tribute to Lewis, who had a successful standup career spanning decades and numerous film and TV roles. Cheryl Hines, who portrays David's ex-wife on the show, wrote on X, "He would take time to tell the people he loved what they meant to him. In between takes on Curb, he would tell me how special I was to him and how much he loved me. To be loved by Richard Lewis. A true gift. I love you Richard. You will be missed."

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Susie Essman, who played Susie Green, the wife of David's best friend and manager on the show, described Lewis as an "original brilliant voice that cannot be replaced," in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "I was lucky to call him a friend. He made me laugh and he was one of the most supportive and kindest people I've ever known," she added.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred alongside Lewis on the sitcom "Anything But Love," also shared her memories of working with him. She recalled Lewis' unique method of hiding scripts around the set to remember his lines. "It turns out he was a wonderful actor. Deep and so freaking funny," she wrote on Instagram.

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Curtis also mentioned Lewis' wife, Joyce Lapinsky, in her tribute. "He found love with Joyce and that, of course, besides his sobriety, is what mattered most to him. I'm weeping as I write this," she said. "Strange way of saying thank you to a sweet and funny man. Rest in laughter, Richard."

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Ben Stiller, Paul Feig, and Cary Elwes also expressed their condolences on social media, praising Lewis for his comedic genius, kindness, and generosity.

HBO also released a statement mourning the loss of Lewis. "We are heartbroken to learn that Richard Lewis has passed away. His comedic brilliance, wit and talent were unmatched," the statement read. "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."

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Last year, Lewis revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and was retiring from standup, in a video posted on social media. Despite his illness, he continued to film scenes for the final season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In a recent episode, he and David engage in a humorous debate about what Lewis will leave him in his will. David insists he doesn't need the money.

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"When I die I want you to know how much I care about you," Lewis tells him on the show. "You're my best friend, you're getting it."

Caitlin O'Kane, a New York City journalist who works on the CBS News social media team as a senior manager of content and production, writes about a variety of topics and produces "The Uplift," CBS News' streaming show that focuses on good news.

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