Actor and comedian Richard Belzer has has died.
Known for his longtime role of detective John Munch on Law & Order: SVU and Homicide: Life on the Street, Belzer passed away at his home in Bozouls, France, early this morning.
Former SNL actress Laraine Newman shared her condolences on Twitter,
I'm so sad to hear of Richard Belzer's passing. I loved this guy so much. He was one of my first friends when I got to New York to do SNL. We used to go out to dinner every week at Sheepshead Bay for lobster. One of the funniest people ever. A master at crowd work. RIP dearest. pic.twitter.com/u23co0JPA2— Laraine Newman (@larainenewman) February 19, 2023
No cause of death has been reported, but Belzer’s friend, writer Bill Scheft, told the Hollywood Reporter, that he
had lots of health issues…”
Sheft said his last words were,
Fuck you, motherfucker.”
Go out making them laugh and cry at the same time…
Richard Belzer was 78.
Aw goddamit, RIP Richard Belzer. I just always thought he’d be around ‘cause it seemed like he always was. A true original. #TheBelzBabe— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 19, 2023
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