Paul Shefrin, his longtime publicist and friend, said Rickles died Thursday of kidney failure at his Los Angeles home. He would have turned 91 on May 8.
For more than half a century, "Mr. Warmth" headlined casinos and nightclubs from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. N.J.
Rickles, a best-selling author who was known for his regular visits to late-night shows, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, his daughter, Mindy Mann, Mann's husband Ed, and two grandchildren, Ethan and Harrison Mann.
Funeral services will be private, and the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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FRIENDS AND FANS REACT TO RICKLES' DEATH
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
Never forget chasing Don Rickles around the audience on the Letterman show to spray him with champagne RIP Don— Wade Boggs (@ChickenMan3010) April 6, 2017
R.I.P. to comedy icon and promoter of hockey pucks Don Rickles. Fearless and fantastic for nine decades. Hell of a life.— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles has passed away.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017
A giant loss.
R.I.P. Don Rickles, the original comedic roaster.— Milton Malespin (@DIAC1987) April 6, 2017
Farewell Don Rickles. Thanks for the laughs.— James Thompson (@James007x) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. Easily the greatest roaster of all time, let alone one of the greatest comedians ever.— Sam Gornbein (@samgornbein) April 6, 2017