It was recently confirmed that the legendary comedian Don Rickles died at his Los Angeles home on Thursday morning. His publicist, Paul Shefrin, confirmed that the comedian died from kidney failure. His wife, Barbara, was by his side at the time of his death.
His professional career spanned more than six decades. Don’s first big break was on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” in 1965. After his appearance on this show, he managed to become one of the most notable comedians in the world. He is considered to be the very best insult comic of all time. In fact, he got the nickname “The Merchant of Venom” thanks to his no-mercy comedy style.
Although Rickles appeared in many TV shows and films, he was still best known for his nightclub performances. Despite having such a long career, Don never had any intentions of stopping. In his final interview before his death, he noted that he had no plans to slow down.
In the very same interview with Closer, he said “The years skipped by quickly. When it happened, I said, ‘Where did the time go?’ At 90, I’m still going pretty damn good. I don’t practice or write stuff down — everything I do onstage was just made up before I went on. You can’t please everyone, but I’ve been fortunate in that my fans are in my corner.”
Throughout his long career, Don always had loyal fans, which doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that he always had top-notch material.