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Richard Lewis, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star and comedian, dead at 76

Olivia Singh   

Richard Lewis, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star and comedian, dead at 76
  • Comedian Richard Lewis died at 76 on Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack.
  • He's best known for roles in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Comedian and actor Richard Lewis has died at the age of 76 years old, Deadline first reported on Wednesday.

According to his publicist Jeff Abraham, Lewis died of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday night, Business Insider has confirmed.

"His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the love, friendship, and support and asks for privacy at this time," Abraham said in a statement to BI.

Back in April, Lewis revealed via a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and would be retiring from stand-up comedy after undergoing four surgeries.

"The last three-and-a-half years, I've had sort of a rocky time," he said, explaining that he had back surgery, shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement surgery, and a hip replacement.

Despite his health complications, Lewis said that he'd focus on writing and acting.

Lewis rose to fame as a stand-up comedian in New York in the '70s before making the jump to TV and film.

He's perhaps best known for playing Prince John in the 1993 movie "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and portraying a fictionalized version of himself on the long-running sitcom "Curb Your Enthusiasm" alongside Larry David. The actor also guest-starred on shows like "Alias," "Two and a Half Men," "The Simpsons," and "BoJack Horseman."

Lewis's most recent appearance was on the 12th and final season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Lewis' signature self-deprecating humor and candor was evident in his stand-up specials, filmography, and his memoir titled "The Other Great Depression," released in 2000.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published on February 18, Lewis said that his Parkinson's diagnosis made him more grateful, but he also didn't want it to define him.

"I'm a recovered drunk who happens to have Parkinson's, but I'm a comedian and an actor and an author and a writer. So I just own it and I wear it that way," he said.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Joyce Lapinsky.

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