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Comedian David Brenner Passes Away At 78

Sat, March 15, 2014 8:41pm EDT by 13 Comments
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Comedian David Brenner, who made millions of people laugh during his many appearances on the ‘Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson, has passed away.

David Brenner, 78, passed away on March 15, after a long battle with cancer. The comedian was routinely a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, having appeared over 100 times during the show’s run in the 1970’s.

David Brenner Passes Away On March 15

David was a Tonight Show favorite whose brand of comedy became a staple for other standup comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser. Sadly he passed away on March 15 at the age of 78.

David had been fighting cancer, but ultimately succumbed to the disease at his home in New York City with his family at his side, reports The Washington Post.

“David was one of the most respected and liked comedians by his peers. He was always there helping a bright young comedian, whether it be Richard Lewis, Freddie Prinze or Jimmie Walker, and he was still doing it until the very end,” said David’s friend and publicist, Jeff Abraham.

He made 150-plus Tonight Show appearances either hosting or doing standup acts. David was also a regular on other TV talk shows, and starred in four HBO comedy specials.

David was still working steadily through 2013 as a standup comedian. He eventually received a four-day job in December 2013, which was a New Year’s Eve show at a King of Prussia, Pa., casino-resort. His job also included him showcasing other young comedians.

The old comedian was still trying to pass on his legacy to the next generation.

HollywoodLifers, let us know what you think or feel about the passing of this great entertainer.

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