Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90

Funnyman Don Rickles has passed away at age 90. That’s the not the punchline.

Publicist Paul Shefrin stated that the cause of death was kidney failure. That sucks. Hollywood Reporter has a better summary of his life than I can provide. Probably because they wrote his obituary a few years ago and kept waiting for Rickles to die so they could publish it.

Some choice tidbits include Rickles referring to stupid people as “hockey pucks.” That’s very quaint. He also insulted every minority group out there.

Rickles also went after presidents. At an American Film Institute tribute, he said “I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” then followed up by saying, “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.” Yeesh.

Thirty some years ago, he went after Ronald Reagan.

I get his shtick. Pseudo-angry man. Really though, he was a teddy bear inside. I just made that up. I have no idea. Maybe he really was a raging racist. Nevertheless, kudos for sticking around so long.

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