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Notable Comedians Deaths

  • John Pinette, 50 (1964 - 2014)

    John Pinette

    The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — John Pinette, the chubby stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld," has died. He was 50.Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday evening. Pinette's agent confirmed his death.The portly Pinette was a self-deprecating...

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  • David Brenner, 78 (1936 - 2014)

    David Brenner

    LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other veteran comics could head straight to "The Tonight Show" couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up routine when he was a guest. Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why. "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes," Brenner, in a 2013 interview with CBS, recalled him saying...

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  • Luis Raul Martinez , 51 (1962 - 2014)

    Luis Raul  Martinez

    The Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican comedian and actor Luis Raul Martinez has died at age 51 in his Caribbean homeland.Friends and colleagues in the U.S. Caribbean territory say Martinez died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He had been hospitalized since mid-January.Martinez was known for energetic stand-up routines and a slew of memorable characters, including...

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  • Tom Sharpe, 85 (1928 - 2013)

    Tom Sharpe

    JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Tom Sharpe was aptly named, a writer who turned a razor-edged eye for absurdity on everything from the racism of apartheid to the squabbles of academia.The British writer behind a string of comic novels including the campus classic "Porterhouse Blue" has died at 85.Sharpe's Spanish publisher, Anagrama, said he died Thursday in Llafranc, the...

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  • Jonathan Winters, 87 (1925 - 2013)

    Jonathan Winters

    JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Winters was a crowd all by himself, guaranteeing that his multitude of characters, breakneck improvisations and kinetic clownishness kept generations of fans laughing. Winters, who died Thursday at age 87 at his Montecito, California, home, was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a...

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