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“Comedic Icon Richard Lewis Passes Away at 76, Leaving Behind Legacy of Laughter and Love”

Comedian Richard Lewis, famed for his biting and dark comedic style, gained prominence in the 1970s and ’80s before transitioning into acting. His roles spanned movies like “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and notable appearances as himself on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Lewis passed away at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday at the age of 76, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham, citing a heart attack as the cause. The Guardian reported that Lewis had disclosed his battle with Parkinson’s disease last year.

In a written statement, Abraham conveyed gratitude on behalf of Lewis’s wife, Joyce Lapinsky, for the outpouring of love and requested privacy during this period of mourning. Tributes poured in from fellow actors, with HBO’s Larry David expressing deep sorrow, calling Lewis both hilarious and genuinely kind-hearted.

Actor Jamie Lee Curtis, Lewis’s co-star in “Anything But Love,” credited him with helping her attain sobriety and emphasized his devotion to love and family. Lewis, born in Brooklyn, began his comedic journey in the early ’70s while balancing a day job in advertising. By the end of the decade, he had established himself as a leading figure in the comedy scene.

Throughout the 1980s, Lewis frequently appeared on late-night talk shows and starred alongside Curtis in the ABC TV comedy “Anything But Love.” He ventured into film in the 1990s, notably in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” However, it was his recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that endeared him to audiences in his later years, showcasing his comedic chemistry with Larry David as they engaged in relentless banter.

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