Hollywood Reacts to the Death of Comic Legend Don Rickles

Rebecca Detken
Managing Editor, Yahoo Celebrity
Rest in peace, Don Rickles. (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI)

Legendary comedian Don Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure. He was 90. Revered as the king of the insult comics, “Mr. Warmth,” as he was sarcastically nicknamed, was beloved by Hollywood.

“He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring, and most sensitive human beings we have ever known,” his friends Bob and Ginnie Newhart said in a joint statement. “We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

David Letterman said of the late comic, “Don coming on our show was always a highlight for me. Just endless mischief and nonsense, and a guy who would make the audience go completely crazy. Such a professional, such a gentleman. I already miss him.”

Check out the many other tributes rolling in on social media from Rickles’s fellow comedians on as well as other people in the biz.











































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