Celebrity Deaths in Comedy

  • Tom Koch, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Tom Koch

    The Associated PressLAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — Veteran comedy writer Tom Koch (kuk), who when he wasn't creating sketches for the legendary comedy team Bob and Ray invented a nonsensical, nearly impossible to play sport called squamish, has died at age 89.The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1F6ELxU) Koch died March 22 at his Laguna Woods, California, home. His son John says the cause...

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  • Joan Rivers, 81 (1933 - 2014)

    Joan  Rivers

    SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — On "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967, Joan Rivers joked about society's double-standard for women. "A girl, you're 30 years old, you're not married, you're an old maid," she said. "A man, he's 90 years old, he's not married, he's a catch." At the time, it was rare to see a female comic onstage, and even rarer for an entertainer to talk...

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  • Robin Williams, 63 (1951 - 2014)

    Robin Williams

    HAVEN DALEY, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams kept the world laughing, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push him to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had periodic bouts of substance abuse and...

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  • Steve Rossi, 82 (1932 - 2014)

    Steve Rossi

    The Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82.His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told The Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on...

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  • Rik Mayall, 56 (1958 - 2014)

    Rik Mayall

    The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. He was 56. Mayall's management firm Brunskill Management said the comedian died at his London home on Monday. In the 1980s Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a hugely influential group of alternative young comics that included Dawn French,...

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