Comedian loses battle with Parkinson’s disease


The American actor and comedian Richard Lewis died on Tuesday evening at the age of 76 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jeff Abraham, Lewis’ publicity manager, disclosed this news in a statement to American news publications on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Lewis died peacefully in his sleep shortly after suffering a heart attack.

Lewis announced in April last year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and that he was retiring from the spotlight.

As a sharp sketcher and known for his self-deprecating humor, Lewis was seen in series such as Anything but Love opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

On Wednesday, Curtis shared a series of photos of her Lewis on Instagram and wrote that he helped her on her road to sobriety.

“He was a wonderful actor. Deep and so damn funny. He is also the reason why I am sober. He helped me. I am eternally grateful to him for that act of grace alone. I’m crying as I write here – what a strange way to say thank you for a lovely and funny man. Rest easy, Richard.”

Lewis is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joyce Lapinsky. The couple had no children.

Sources: BBC, CNN.