Comedian Don Rickles dies at age 90

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has passed away at the age of 90 in his home and the cause of death was kidney failure. Rickles, the hollering, bald-headed "Merchant of Venom" whose barrage of barbs upon the meek and the mighty endeared him to audiences and his peers for decades died, Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles.

Rickles, who earned the nickname "Mr. Warmth", was a regular on "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "The Dean Martin Show" shows.

Despite a disregard for political correctness that would end the career of any aspiring modern comic, Rickles was idolised by his colleagues, from Joan Rivers and Louis CK, to Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman.

"I knew Don Rickles from the early, early days of his career when he came to California", Reiner says. I mean, you really got to be tight with him.

"I know it sounds insane to say he was too young", Kimmel added, "but he was because he was youthful, and amusing, and sharp and generous". "There will never be another Don Rickles", Kimmel said.

Several other celebs and comics, each great in their own way, added their thoughts at Don Rickles's passing.

To different generations, Don Rickles was a very different man.

Rickles, 90, was known for his sharp wit and legendary roasts of other comedians and actors.

Comedian Billy Crystal said called Rickles's death "a giant loss" while late-night host Jimmy Kimmel described the comedian in a tweet as "one of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing".

To his great disappointment, Rickles was never able to transfer his success to a long-running weekly situation comedy.

Born on May 8, 1926, in New York, Rickels was raised in the Jackson Heights neighbourhood of Queens.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rickles appeared in small parts in movies before finding his niche in stand-up comedy.

Tom Hanks has led tributes to U.S. comedian Don Rickles, who has died at the age of 90. Lawrence Rickles died of complications from pneumonia in 2011.

Rickles is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter and two grandchildren. His funeral will be private, his publicist says, and requests donations in his memory to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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