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Since last September, 23 comedians, a comedy writer and a comedy promoter have all "died suddenly" of this or that (and two other comedians nearly died)
Always a tough business, comedy has been especially tough these past 10+ months, as we can see from these reports out of the US, Canada, Chile, the UK, Italy, India, South Korea and Australia
For those who might be thinking (wishfully) that this is “normal,” here’s a webpage noting how many comedians have died over the years:
From this resource we learn that two (American) comedians died in 2020, five in 2019, five in 2018, and seven in 2017—a cohort including such old-timers as Shelley Berman, Dick Gregory, Don Rickles, Bill Dana and Professor Irwin Corey: all Grand Old Men of Comedy whose time had come. By contrast with those modest numbers, eleven American comedians have “died suddenly” since last September.
And there's a book called Ten Comedians Who Died on Stage, which includes ONE such death in 2019, with all the others from the Seventies and Eighties.
So this toll, over just the last 10+ months, is not just abnormal, but unprecedented—just like the larger die-off in all professions, all around the world.
Note the bolded questions after several of these items, indicating what key information the “free press” in those countries made no effort to provide about these two dozen “sudden deaths.”
Bob Saget, comedian and 'Full House' star, dead at 65
January 10, 2022
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(CNN)Bob Saget, the comedian and actor arguably known best by audiences as wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on the sitcom "Full House," has died, his family confirmed in a statement to CNN.
He was 65.
"We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today," the Saget family said in their statement. "He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter. Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world."
Saget was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Saget died of trauma to the head, evidently having fallen—hard—on the bathroom floor of his hotel room. Saget had often noted, comically, that he was “vaccinated.”
The Amazing Johnathan, the ‘Freddy Krueger of comedy,’ dead at 63
February 23, 2022
John Edward Szeles, the standup comic and magician who delighted in shocking audiences for decades as “The Amazing Johnathan,” died at his Las Vegas home Tuesday after a long battle with heart disease. The self-described “Freddy Krueger of comedy” was 63.
“Johnathan Szeles (Amazing Johnathan ) has passed away at around 11:30 pm 2/22/22,” fellow standup comic Penny Wiggins, 60, posted on Facebook. “My heart is broken. One of my best friends, one of the funniest humans I’ve ever met. I loved him so very much and will never forget this wonderful, amazing, kind, funny, great person.”
How long that “battle” was, and whether his disease might have been exacerbated, if not induced, by prior “vaccination,” are questions that a free press would attempt to answer.
Louie Anderson, comic and 'Baskets' star, dead at 68
January 21, 2022
CNN) Louie Anderson, an Emmy winner whose career spanned from stand-up and game show host to starring roles in TV and film, died Friday in Las Vegas from complications related to cancer, his publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed to CNN.
He was 68.
What kind of cancer was it, and when was it diagnosed? And what exactly were those “complications related to [it]”?
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died
April 12, 2022
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at 67. A post on his verified Twitter feed says he died following a long illness.
Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, according to a statement by his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz to the Associated Press.
There was always a glint in his eye when Gottfried was just about to tell an edgy joke, for example this one from his Just for Laughs set in 2015: "Let me tell you when I was a little boy if my father bought me a baseball I would've made out with him ... and I don't want to tell you what I would've done for a G.I Joe."
Whether it was natural disasters or terrorist attacks, the phrase "too soon" was never a part of his vocabulary as Gottfried told NPR in 2011.
"There's that old saying, tragedy plus time equals comedy. And I always say like, well, why wait?"
Gottfired was also an actor, including lending his unique voice to Disney's Aladdin.
In February, Gottfried had tweeted on the need for widespread “vaccination,” “to revive live entertainment”:
His prior “pro-vax” stance now prompted many fans and others to infer that he had died from his injection—a grass-roots consensus that impelled the “fact-checkers” to attempt to shout it down. Nevertheless, and his prior illness notwithstanding, his fatal tachycardia may just as easily have been induced by the “vaccine.”
A possible “vaxxident”:
Trevor Moore cause of death revealed: The Whitest Kids U Know star ‘fell to his death from upstairs balcony’
September 7, 2021
THE unexpected death of actor and comedian Trevor Moore appears to be the result of a sharp fall from his balcony.
On August 7, the 41-year-old comedian was found in the backyard of his Los Angeles home by his wife, Aimee Carlson.
Following a 2.39am 911 call from carlson, paramedics arrived and were unable to resuscitate Moore.
As reported by TMZ, Moore sustained head trauma, indicating a fall from the balcony above.
Case details on the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s website confirm that Moore was found in his yard.
An initial autopsy was inconclusive about the cause of Moore’s death. According to the LA County Medical Examiner’s office, an official statement on the case has been “deferred, pending additional investigation.”
Anthony ‘AJ’ Johnson, ‘Friday’ and ‘House Party’ actor, dead at 55
September 20, 2021
Anthony “AJ” Johnson, the actor best known as the scene-stealing Ezal in the hit “Friday” comedy franchise, has died at the age of 55.
Johnson’s rep LyNea Bell confirmed the comedian’s passing, though the cause of death has not been disclosed.
The performer’s nephew reportedly told TMZ his uncle was found unconscious in a Los Angeles store earlier in September. He was rushed to an emergency room where he was pronounced dead.
Norm Macdonald, comedian and 'Saturday Night Live' alum, dies at 61
September 15, 2021
Norm Macdonald, a comic who was beloved as anchor of "Saturday Night Live's" popular "Weekend Update" segments, died Tuesday, according to multiple reports, citing his manager.
He was 61.
Deadline was first to report the news.
Macdonald had been battling cancer for several years but kept his diagnosis private, his friend and producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, told CNN in a statement.
If Macdonald was “vaccinated,” it could have made his “battling cancer” an impossible task.
Peter Scolari, 'Bosom Buddies' and 'Newhart' star, has died
October 22, 2021
Peter Scolari, a veteran actor who rose to fame alongside Tom Hanks on "Bosom Buddies," died Friday morning.
Scolari had cancer and had been ill for two years, his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky told CNN. He was 66.
"The shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian, the most humble icon," Lena Dunham wrote of her late co-star.
Ricarlo Flanagan, of ‘Shameless’ and ‘Last Comic Standing’ fame, dead at 40
October 12, 2021
Ricarlo Flanagan, a finalist on Season 9 of “Last Comic Standing” and actor on “Shameless,” has died. He was 40.
Flanagan’s agent confirmed his passing to Deadline, but did not cite a cause of death.
“Ricarlo was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and a joy to work for. He will be missed dearly,” Stu Golfman of KMR Talent said.
Earlier this month, the comedian posted about contracting the coronavirus along with some of the brutal symptoms COVID-19 is known for.
Stand-up comedian Jak Knight dead at 28
July 16, 2022
Stand-up comedian Jak Knight, who starred in the Netflix animated series “Big Mouth,” has died, his family confirmed to media outlets. He was 28.
Knight died Thursday night in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets reported, citing a statement released by Knight's family through a representative. The statement did not disclose the circumstances of his death.
Knight co-created and starred in Peacock's "Bust Down," a comedy series this year about four friends working in dead-end jobs at a casino. He was a co-executive producer on the HBO talk show "Pause With Sam Jay," was a writer on the show “Black-ish," and recently finished filming an acting role in "First Time Female Director."
James Michael Tyler: Actor who made millions laugh as Gunther on Friends
November 6, 2021
James Michael Tyler was the actor best known for his role as Gunther, the manager of the Central Perk coffee shop in the popular American situation comedy, Friends.
Tyler, who has died aged 59, was considered the “seventh friend” and renowned for his unrequited love for Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston.
Tyler had Stage 4 Prostate Cancer: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/friends-james-michael-tyler-dead-213908534.html
When was Tyler’s cancer diagnosed? If he was “vaccinated,” was his condition diagnosed before or after his injection(s)? If before, did his condition worsen after his “vaccination”? These are questions that a free press would attempt to answer.
Marvel Writer Ron Zimmerman Has Passed Away
July 31, 2022
According to Deadline, Ron Zimmerman passed away on July 28th at the age of 64 from cancer. Ron Zimmerman is well-known for his Marvel content, but he’s also worked as a film and television producer, as well as a stand-up comedian.
My friend Ronny died Today. Life is so fragile. Thank god I went to see him Wednesday nite.
Just finished Work & I’m beat.😔
— Cher (@cher) July 30, 2022
When was Zimmerman’s cancer diagnosed?
Near-fatal “vaccine” reactions among US comedians:
Heather McDonald collapses on stage
Feb 8, 2022
Bob Odenkirk Details Heart Attack on ‘Better Call Saul’ Set, Says He “Started Turning Bluish-Gray” and Had No Pulse at One Point
The actor, who was taken to the ER after the on-set medical emergency in July 2021, said he had a history of plaque buildup in his heart that was the cause of the incident.
Feb. 9, 2022 Bob Odenkirk has opened up about his heart attack while on the set of his AMC series Better Call Saul back in July 2021, an experience that Odenkirk has no memory of but resulted in the actor having stents put into his heart.
In an interview with The New York Times, Odenkirk recounts the ordeal, which he was able to piece together through co-star Rhea Seehorn and others who were there at the time. The actor said the cause of the medical emergency on July 28, 2021, was the result of a history of plaque buildup in his heart.
“I’d known since 2018 that I had this plaque buildup in my heart,” Odenkirk said. “I went to two heart doctors at Cedars-Sinai, and I had dye and an M.R.I. and all that stuff, and the doctors disagreed.” After getting different advice from two separate doctors on treatment, Odenkirk followed the suggestion of the second professional, who said he didn’t need to immediately start medication.
The actor said he had remained fine up until that moment, when “one of those pieces of plaque broke up.” “We were shooting a scene, we’d been shooting all day, and luckily I didn’t go back to my trailer,” he said. Instead, he retreated to a location on one of the show’s “massive” soundstages where he and co-stars Patrick Fabian and Seehorn hung out. He says that decision resulted in him not being alone and allowed for more immediate help when his heart attack happened.
Whether Odenkirk was “vaccinated,” and, if so, whether it, and not his “history of plaque buildup,” caused his heart attack; or whether both it and his prior condition caused it, are questions that a free press would attempt to answer.
Candy Palmater, The Candy Show and Trailer Park Boys comedian, dies at 53
December 27, 2021
Candy Palmater, an Indigenous comedian from Canada known for The Candy Show and her appearance on series like Trailer Park Boys and Sex & Violence, died Christmas Day at her home. She was 53.
Denise Tompkins, Palmater's wife and manager, revealed the news on the comic's social media channels. A cause of death wasn't given, but Palmater had previously revealed to her followers in mid-December that she was diagnosed with a rare condition called eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA).
"I have few words," Tompkins wrote. "Candy passed away today at home suddenly. I will post information soon."
The message was accompanied by an image that reads, "A great glowing spirit left our world today."
Comedian Nick Nemeroff's family announces his surprise death as fellow funnymen pay tribute to the up-and-coming star who 'lived his life doing what he loved'
June 28, 2022
Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff has passed away at the age of 32, his family announced on social media Monday. Nemeroff had begun to make it big in his native Canada, getting nominated for the country's equivalent of a Grammy, while making appearances on shows like Conan in the US. A statement on Nemeroff's Instagram and Twitter accounts revealed the Montreal native's premature passing.
'It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother Nick Nemeroff,' the family said in the statement. 'Nick’s dedication to standup comedy was formidable, and produced amazing results.'
Proudly “vaccinated,” Nemeroff had posted mocking tweets of “anti-vaxxers”:
NICK NEMEROFF’S OLD TWEET ABOUT VACCINE RESURFACES AS COMEDIAN DIES AT 32
June 29, 2022
Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff suddenly passed away at age 32 on Monday, June 27. As fans mourn the star, one of his old tweets mocking anti-vaxxers and talking about getting the vaccine has resurfaced on social media.
Comedian Jorge “Chino” Navarrete died at the age of 72
July 20, 2022
The Twitter account of Chile Actores, around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, confirmed the death of renowned comedian Jorge "Chino" Navarrete, at 72 years of age. Navarrete suffered years ago from prostate cancer; however, it is not yet confirmed if this was the reason for his death.
Comedian Phil Butler 'died in his sleep' during P&O cruise
May 26, 2022
A comedian who died in his sleep on a cruise ship had earlier complained of a "pain in his arm", an inquest heard. Phil Butler, a regular performer at Cromer Pier in Norfolk, was working for P&O cruises when he died on 17 October. The 51-year-old, from Clacton in Essex, was found unresponsive in his cabin while the ship was docked at Santa Maria Maior, in Lisbon, Portugal. Coroner Michelle Brown said Mr Butler was a "relatively fit man" and concluded he died of natural causes. An initial post-mortem examination, carried out in Portugal, was unable to determine a cause of death.
The next day, an inquest found that Butler died of a “coronary obstruction,” and certified the startling claim that it due to ”natural causes”:
Inquest hears why Clacton comedian Phil Butler died suddenly
May 27. 2022
Tributes Paid to City Superfan Stoney Garnett
July 24, 2022
One of Bristol City’s most famous fans has died just days before the start of the new football season.
Comedian and compere Stoney Garnett also twice ran to be mayor of Bristol in 2012 and 2016.
No cause of death reported.
Influential London Comedy Promoter Emma Emslie Has Died
December 2, 2021
The London comedy circuit has been shocked by the devastating news that Emma Emslie has died. Emslie, along with her husband Ron, was a lifelong supporter of the comedy scene. Most famously they ran the East Dulwich Comedy Club above the East Dulwich Tavern for many years (initially Janet Prince was artistic director – Mr Janet Prince, improviser extraordinaire Stephen Frost, often performed there and hosted their legendary pub quiz). The cause of death has not been made public.
Emslie was 54 years old.
Comic Reg Anderson dies of kidney cancer
October 26, 2021
Reg Anderson, a stalwart of the Scottish comedy circuit, has died after being diagnosed with kidney cancer. The comic was one of the pioneers of the Edinburgh comedy scene in the 1990s and was one of the first acts to play at the Stand when it opened in 1995. Anderson’s real name was Gavin Stott, and he grew up in Sunderland. He was also a singer-songwriter and performed a prop comedy act under the nickname Reg Voodoo Anderson. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/10/26/49522/comic_reg_anderson_dies_of_kidney_cancer?share=reddit
Phil Jerrod, ‘spectacularly talented’ comedian, dies aged 42
September 6, 2021
The comedian Phil Jerrod, known for his richly lyrical observations and tirades, delivered with surreal flights of fancy, has died from cancer aged 42. His agency, Off the Kerb, announced on Monday that Jerrod had died at home “with his devoted wife Beck by his side” and described him as “a dear friend to us, an incredibly kind and talented man”.
What kind of cancer was it, and when was it diagnosed?
Sean Lock: Comedian and 8 Out of 10 Cats captain dies aged 58
August 18, 2021
Comedian Sean Lock has died from cancer at the age of 58, his agent has confirmed. A comedy panel show favourite, Lock was a team captain on the series 8 Out of 10 Cats, hosted by Jimmy Carr. He also appeared on QI, The Last Leg, Have I Got News for You, and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Paying tribute, comedian Bill Bailey said: "It's heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock, he was a true original, a wonderful comic."
What kind of cancer was it, and when was it diagnosed? https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58254859
Goodbye Cannavacciuolo, Eduardo’s pupil, was preparing a show on Totò
May 24, 2022
The actor and singer Gennaro Cannavacciuolo died today in Rome. The news of his death, at the age of 60 just three months ago, was greeted with great amazement by many friends and colleagues who expressed their condolences on social networks. Born in Pozzuoli on February 14, 1962, Cannavacciuolo had been a pupil and then collaborator of Eduardo De Filippo and later also of Pupella Maggio. As an actor, singer and stand-up comedian he has expressed his talent in theater, cinema and television. But it is in the theater that his multifaceted talent has manifested itself over a 40-year career spanning prose, musicals, operettas, recitals and one-man-shows. https://alwaysfreshnews.com/news/entertainment/342673/goodbye-cannavacciuolo-eduardos-pupil-was-preparing-a-show-on-toto/
What Happened To Comedian Selvy? Mathias Correia  Passed Away
July 25, 2022
Several tweets are poring [sic] on Twitter after the death of Comedian Selvy, aka Mathias Correia. He passed away in Goa medical college and Hospital while undergoing his treatment for diabetes.
A politician Peter De Souza writes, "Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of renowned Goan #Comedian and #Tiatrist, Mathias Correia, famously known as #ComedianSelvy."
Just a week ago, there was news that Comedian Selvy, aka Mathias Correia, was hospitalized at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), Bambolim. However, a few days later, again, news broke that he was doing just and recovering well.
On Sunday, Selvy was playing in his play "8 Dis" at Pai Tiatrist Hall in Margao when he began to feel nervous. He also mentioned having a toothache to the cast and crew.
He went to South Goa District Hospital in Margao on Monday for a checkup. The physicians there informed him that his diabetes and hemoglobin level had significantly fallen, and they promptly forwarded him to GMC.
However, his child made an announcement that he was recovering. His diabetes was coming back to normal, but then again, his blood platelet count was yet to improve. He was not even in ICU and was actively responding to calls.
The chaos in the fraternity after the news gradually got put down. Everyone thought that it was a regular health problem, and he got treated. It was nothing to get worried about in people's minds, but to our shock, he could not survive it.
Alas! the condition seemed to confound, and Selvy could not make it. Comedian Mathias passed away on 25th July 2022.
The 42-year-old Korean comedian died suddenly, and the family’s grief confirmed the death
May 30, 2022
Bad news from the Korean entertainment industry! [Fans of] Ren Zhunhe, a well-known comedian, [were] shocked to hear that his body was found in his residence on the 27th of this month. He was 42 years old and died of myocardial infarction. The family members confirmed the news of the death with grief, and revealed that Ren Zhunhe was in good health and did not have any chronic diseases, but he passed away unexpectedly, making it difficult for many relatives, friends and fans to accept the sudden news.
Tributes flow for beloved Cooksuck food blogger, Sydney band member Darrell Beveridge
June 18, 2022
A beloved food blogger and social media comedian has been remembered as a hilarious hero who brought joy to everyone. Darrell Beveridge, affectionately known to close friends as Bobby, died suddenly on Wednesday.
No cause of death reported.
“The same cooksuck that was bagging Anti-Vaxxers has sadly, suddenly died”:
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