Comedian and actor Don Rickles has died at the age of 90.
Rickles’ film work included every Toy Story film, in which he voiced the character Mr Potato Head, and he was signed up to return for the 2019 release Toy Story 4.
Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend, said that Rickles died on Thursday of kidney failure at his Los Angeles home, according to Associated Press.
For more than half a century, the star dubbed Mr Warmth, headlined casinos and nightclubs across the US and often appeared on late-night TV talk shows.
The New Yorker was known as an insult comic for the way in which he responded to hecklers during his stand-up shows.
Stars of the entertainment world paid tribute to him.
Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films, said in a statement: “Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today.
“I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it’s like to be Rickled.”
Hollywood star Jim Carrey said: “Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles.)”
Others tweeted about their sadness at the news.
RIP the legendary "Mr Warmth" himself – Don Rickles. Funny man.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) April 6, 2017
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.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles, you kept us laughing for so many years. We will miss you dearly. Thanks for the zingers. You were one of a kind.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles has passed away.
A giant loss.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017
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
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2017
Rickles’ most recent tweet marked his wedding anniversary in March.
We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. ❤️❌⭕Pussycat
— Don Rickles (@DonRickles) March 12, 2017