Legendary Insult Comedian Don Rickles Is Dead

He passed away from kidney failure at 90
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 1:13 PM CDT
In this April 28, 2012 file photo, Don Rickles accepts the Johnny Carson Award at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

(Newser) – Legendary comedian Don Rickles is dead at age 90, his rep confirms to ABC News. Rickles, who was still doing nightclub shows into his late 80s, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday morning of kidney failure, Variety reports. He was also known as an honorary member of the Rat Pack, was a frequent guests at celebrity roasts and on late-night television, and had TV and film roles including voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies. The Hollywood Reporter says he was known for "insult[ing] everyone he encountered," which is why he was sarcastically nicknamed "Mr. Warmth." It gives this example, which was directed at Ol' Blue Eyes: "Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody." (Read more celebrity death stories.)

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