Comedian Robert Schimmel Dead at 60
Known for his raunchy HBO specials
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2010 1:37 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Standup comic Robert Schimmel died yesterday at age 60 after battling injuries sustained in a car accident in Arizona. Schimmel is probably best known for his raunchy HBO specials and guest appearances on Howard Stern's show, notes E! Online. He was also a favorite of Conan's. Schimmel was in a car driven by his teenage daughter when she swerved to avoid another vehicle on Aug. 26. She's expected to fully recover.

Schimmel survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and wrote a 2008 memoir about it called Cancer on $5 a Day. He was currently awaiting a liver transplant after a bad blood transfusion gave him cirrhosis. Tweeted Jimmy Kimmel: "Robert Schimmel was one of the funniest and nicest guys in comedy." See the video gallery for samples.

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Mike Hunt
Sep 5, 2010 2:04 PM CDT
Never heard of him.
billcrawford
Sep 5, 2010 9:40 AM CDT
Robert Schimmel was about as funny as Stern and O'Brian, who were never funny on any front except for the perverted low lifes that seem to enjoy them. With Schimmel's death nothing is being missed. Ironic that he disses his daughter in his supposedly funny skits and she gets back at him by killing him (legally ) just rewards for a role model parent! There are very few funny comics out there Today, most try to be funny by using race, sex, family and the rest of their bag of low life humor which does not resonate with intelligent people.
DarkFrancis
Sep 4, 2010 8:28 PM CDT
A loss. Fly away gentle.