Beloved comedian David Brenner dies at 78-years-old in his New York City home after battling cancer. The funny man, who became well-known after starring on the “Tonight Show,” passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
Brenner has reportedly been fighting cancer over the past few years. Despite his illness, Brenner managed to influence and groom may comedians. In a statement to the press, the family’s publicist Jeff Abraham told reporters:
“David was one of the most respected and liked comedians by his peers. He was always there helping a bright young comedian, whether it be Richard Lewis, Freddie Prinze or Jimmie Walker, and he was still doing it until the very end.”
Brenner died Saturday morning after struggling to fight cancer. The standup comedian became a regular on the “Tonight Show,” during the 1970s with host Johnny Carson. Performing over 150 shows, Brenner became a world-renowned comedian and went on to participate on other television talk shows as well as game shows.
Although his background was in comedy, later on in his career David Brenner began publicly discussing politics on MSNBC and Fox News Channel.
David Brenner is survived by his wife Ruth Brenner and his two children from his previous marriage with Elizabeth Slater. The family has not publicly commented about his death at this time but ask the press to please respect their privacy as they grieve the loss of their father and husband.
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