LOS ANGELES (CBS LA) — Don Rickles, the legendary comedian known for insults and caustic wit, died Thursday at the age of 90.
Rickles died as a result of kidney failure, according to spokesman Paul Shefrin. He would have turned 91 in May.
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Regarded among the world’s top entertainers, Rickles earned the nicknames “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” from Johnny Carson for his style of humor which often targeted people of all ethnicities and walks of life.
Rickles had tweeted last Mother’s Day – just before he turned 90 – that he had plans to “go for 100”.
To all dear Mothers, Happy Mother's Day. Are you ready for some exciting news? Sunday is also my 90th Birthday – I have plans to go for 100!
— Don Rickles (@DonRickles) May 3, 2016
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, as well as their daughter Mindy Mann and her husband Ed, and Rickles’ two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann.
Comedians and other celebrities paid tribute to Rickles
via social media:
Don Rickles has passed away.
A giant loss.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. Legend.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 6, 2017
Rickles was awesome.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 6, 2017
My friend, my dad, the funniest biggest hearted of them all. A beautiful husband and father. My heart is broken. Rest In Peace. Don Rickles.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) April 6, 2017
90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you already
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2017
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) April 6, 2017
Awwww man Rickles is dead. Rest In Peace buddy.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) April 6, 2017
Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles. ;^)
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was a cyclone of funny with a heart of gold. Is God ready for your maniacal wit? Would love to hear what you said on arrival.
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) April 6, 2017
Rickles is gone. He was the best, you hockey pucks. RIP
— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 6, 2017
A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 6, 2017
Noise/Funk (or Angels?), B'way, 20+ yrs ago, curtain call: I looked down into the 1st row of the audience. Don Rickles. My heart smiled. RIP
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles created a style of stand up and owned (!!!) it his entire career of 60+ years. It's unparalleled. No, I mean, NO ONE did that.
— Kevin Pollak (@kevinpollak) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles, you kept us laughing for so many years. We will miss you dearly. Thanks for the zingers. You were one of a kind.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was one of the funniest guys alive & I had privilege to shoot a TV special with him He told me Bev Hills fire dept used Perrier
— Robin Leach (@Robin_Leach) April 6, 2017
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