Notable Comedians Deaths

  • 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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  • John Pinette, 50 (1964 - 2014)

    John Pinette

    The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — John Pinette, the chubby stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld," has died. He was 50.Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday evening. Pinette's agent confirmed his death.The portly Pinette was a self-deprecating...

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  • David Brenner, 78 (1936 - 2014)

    David Brenner

    LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other veteran comics could head straight to "The Tonight Show" couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up routine when he was a guest. Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why. "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes," Brenner, in a 2013 interview with CBS, recalled him saying...

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  • Luis Raul Martinez , 51 (1962 - 2014)

    Luis Raul  Martinez

    The Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican comedian and actor Luis Raul Martinez has died at age 51 in his Caribbean homeland.Friends and colleagues in the U.S. Caribbean territory say Martinez died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He had been hospitalized since mid-January.Martinez was known for energetic stand-up routines and a slew of memorable characters, including...

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