Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Dies Aged 98
Comedy legend Carl Reiner has passed away on Monday night (29 June), according to his assistant Judy Nagy.
Variety reported that the 98-year-old writer, producer, director and actor who created The Dick Van Dyke Show passed away from natural causes.
Reiner, father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, continued to stay in the public eye into his 80s and 90s with roles in Oceans Eleven, Family Guy and American Dad.
Taking to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend, one fan wrote: "Carl Reiner was a lovely, kind, and generous man. The world will miss him just once: Continuously. #RIPCarlReiner."
Another added: "Any young actors who want to pursue comedy, study Carl Reiner. Go down a YouTube spiral right now. Start with Sid Caesar and Our Show of Shows and go from there. He was THE MASTER. Thank you for the hundred year Master Class, Sir. You will be missed."
Carl's friend, fellow actor Alan Alda, commented: "My friend Carl Reiner died last night. His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl."
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The brilliant and hilarious Carl Reiner hosted the Director's Guild awards for decades before his health forced him to take the night off.
They asked me to sub in for him. Here's the letter he sent me:#RIPCarlReiner https://t.co/dkvtzXtKfA pic.twitter.com/eUy2E9b0B0
- Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) June 30, 2020
The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted in 1961, and it's still funny. That's a magic trick. RIP Carl Reiner, one of comedy's greatest magicians.
- Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 30, 2020
Rest In Peace Carl Reiner :pray:
He was more than just a comedy legend who made people laugh!
He was a veteran who helped fight against facism in WW2!
He took a knee when most people wouldn't!
He believed Black Lives Matter!#CarlReiner:heart:#KidVicious♂️ pic.twitter.com/ItNTZICteo
- kirk acevedo (@kirkacevedo) June 30, 2020
On 28 June, just two days ago, a tweet went out from Carl Reiner's account which read: "Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost---who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world."
RIP Carl Reiner.
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