Richard Pryor startled audiences with his foul-mouthed routines, but his universal and frequently personal insights propelled him into one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
The pioneering comedian, whose audacious style influenced generations of standup artists, died Saturday of a heart attack at age 65, said his business manager, Karen Finch. He had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system.
"Richard P was a very funny person in his day. I Just love to see im on HBO and he had a very large number of people attending his shows.
I have miss him for a long time.
May God bless his family.
– Leroy Hubbard,
Dallas, TX, Dec 15, 2007
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