Don Rickles, king of in­sult com­edy, dies at 90

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

LOS AN­GE­LES | Don Rickles, the big­mouthed, bald-headed “Mr. Warmth” whose ver­bal as­saults en­deared him to au­di­ences and peers and made him the ac­knowl­edged grand­mas­ter of in­sult com­edy, died Thurs­day. He was 90.

Mr. Rickles, who would have been 91 on May 8, suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure and died Thurs­day morn­ing at his home, said Paul She­frin, his long­time pub­li­cist and friend.

For more than a half-cen­tury, Mr. Rickles head­lined casi­nos and night­clubs from Las Ve­gas to At­lantic City, New Jersey, and livened up late-night talk shows. No one was ex­empt from Rickles’ in­sults, not fans or pres­i­dents or such fel­low celebri­ties as Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin and Johnny Car­son.

De­spite jokes that from other comics might have in­spired boy­cotts, he was one of the most beloved peo­ple in show business, idol­ized by ev­ery­one from Joan Rivers and Louis CK to Chris Rock and Sarah Sil­ver­man.

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