They say you shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but Don Rickles was the ultimate insult comic, and he might be insulted by too many compliments. So be it. Hollywood adored the comedian, who was on "The Tonight Show" more than 100 times through Johnny Carson's reign. Rickles died at home today (April 6) from kidney failure, his publicist announced. He would've turned 91 next month.
Stars -- especially fellow comedians -- spent the afternoon honoring Rickles on social media:
90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you already
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2017
Rickles is gone. He was the best, you hockey pucks. RIP
— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 6, 2017
Somewhere in the great beyond there's a desk with Johnny Carson behind it and Don Rickles in a chair off to the side. RIP. pic.twitter.com/n9PM4wQHM3
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles has passed away.
A giant loss.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017
Greatest Of All Time https://t.co/b7q4wmpFX0
— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) April 6, 2017
One person I always wanted to meet and shake hands with.
RIP Don Rickles
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) April 6, 2017
Quite simply one of the funniest ever.
RIP Don Rickles 90 https://t.co/xiZf1U1g6J
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 6, 2017
One of the funniest, ballsiest comics of all time. RIP Don Rickles. pic.twitter.com/wF9rPQjjVz
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) April 6, 2017
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) April 6, 2017
My favorite Ricklism: why don't you put your head between your hands and clap. R.I.P. Don Rickles, you outlived them all ya hockey puck.
— Leo Laporte (@leolaporte) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles is the only man I would have ever wanted to call me a fat tub of lard.
Rest In Peace.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 6, 2017
— ProTrump AntiKushner (@CrimsonMariner) April 6, 2017
One of the saddest things about Don Rickles passing away is not getting to hear Don Rickles do a joke about it.
— Will Presti (@WillPresti) April 6, 2017
And here's Jamie Dornan recently talking about his friendship with the comedy legend:
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