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.