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David Brenner dead at 78

David Brenner appearing at the Gala Concert on April 6, 2010 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
David Brenner appearing at the Gala Concert on April 6, 2010 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
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Comic legend David Brenner has died at the age of 78 after a bout with cancer. According to TMZ and TV Guide, the comedian died at his home in New York City on Saturday. Reportedly, he had slipped into a coma earlier in the week. His publicist, Jeff Abraham, issued the following statement: “Brenner died peacefully at his home in NYC surrounded by his family at his side.” Aware that the end was near, the funnyman requested that $100 in small bills be placed into his left sock in case “tipping is recommended where I'm going.”

David Brenner hailed from Philadelphia. He was a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 80s. With 158 appearances, he had the distinction of having been the program's most frequently-invited guest. The comedian also guest-hosted the acclaimed show on some occasions.

David Brenner leaves behind his wife, Ruth, and three sons: Wyatt, Slade and Cole. He is also survived by his grandson, Wesley. May he rest in peace.