- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

An outpouring of tributes followed news Thursday that comedy legend Don Rickles had died at age 90.

Evidence of Mr. Rickles’ decades of success was on display when everyone from Tom Hanks and Billy Crystal to Jimmy Kimmel and and Larry King mourned his death.

Some of the condolences shared on Twitter include:

  • Billy Crystal: “Don Rickles has passed away. A giant loss.”
  • Barbara Eden: “Don Rickles, such sharp hilarious wit in an era when an insult comic didn’t need to be vulgar to be funny. You will be missed -B”
  • Jim Gaffigan: “RIP Don Rickles. Legend.”
  • Tom Hanks: “A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.”
  • Ron Howard: “I was honored to b publicly humiliated by this comedy titan a few times! I saw him give an impromptu wedding toast last yr & he killed!”
  • Jimmy Kimmel: “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.”
  • Larry King: “A national treasure is gone. Don Rickles’ talent was limitless. To know him was a gift. He kept me laughing during 58-years of friendship.”
  • Bob Saget: “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.”
  • James Woods: “Absolutely devastated by the loss of #DonRickles. A dear, dear friend and monumental talent. I got my #DGA card directing him in a PSA. #RIP”

Mr. Rickles, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, died of kidney failure while at his home in Los Angeles. He would have been 91 years old on May 8.

The roast master is survived by his wife Barbara of 52 years, their daughter, Mindy Mann, and two grandchildren.

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