Los Angeles, CA: Legendary comedian Don Rickles has died.
Legendary comedian known for his playfully caustic wit, 90 year old Don Rickles, died on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles, California.
According to Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist, confirmed that Don Rickles died of kidney failure.
Don Rickles was born in New York City, New York on May 8, 1926, to Max and Etta Rickles,
After growing up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood, Don Rickles served 2 years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Don Rickles went on to a career in films, television and standup comedy that spanned 55 years.
The “Merchant of Venom” is perhaps best known for Don Rickles’ barbed one-liners that targeted, among others, such luminaries as President Ronald Reagan, legendary singer Frank Sinatra and late-night television icon Johnny Carson.
Comedians and celebrities took to social media after learning the sad news of Don Rickles’ passing.
Jimmy Kimmel said on Twitter. “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.”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame placed a memorial wreath on Don Rickles’ star, located in front of the El Capitan Theatre at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, California.
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