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Comedian Shelley Berman Dies At 92 (Photo)

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Comedian and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor Shelley Berman died at the age of 92 in his Bell Canyon, California, home on Sept. 1.

According to his website, the star passed away from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease, reports Rolling Stone.

"He slipped away peacefully, in his sleep, with no pain, as far as his hospice care workers could tell," friend Christopher Bay wrote on Facebook.

"Right now, I'm a bit of a wreck, having spent much of the last couple of hours crying, pacing, being unable to concentrate, and, frankly, being conflicted as to how I should feel about all of this," he added. "I will have more to say in this group in the days ahead, but Sarah (who I just spoke to) wanted me to let all of Shelley's Facebook fans know about Shelley's passing. Sarah loves the fact that Shelley has so many devoted followers on social media."

The "sit-down" comic rose to fame for his work in the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first comedian to win a Grammy Award for his debut comedy album "Inside Shelley Berman" -- its recording was also the first comedy album to go gold.

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"I was nervous about that record, because I thought no one would want to see me anymore if they could just play it," Berman once told the The New York Times in 2003. "Then, after it came out, I went to play a show on Sunset Boulevard, and there was a line around the block! I told my wife, 'I can buy two suits now.'"

In addition, Berman also achieved success in various television and movie roles. His performance as Larry David's father, Na,t on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" landed Berman an Emmy nomination.

Berman also appeared in shows like "Friends," "L.A. Law" and "Boston Legal," as well as movies such as "Meet the Fockers" and "The Holiday."

He leaves behind a wife, daughter, and two grandsons. His 13-year-old son, Joshua, died of cancer in the 1970s.

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Friends, family, and fans alike mourn the loss of the star.

"My condolences," wrote one person on Bay's Facebook post. "It was an honor to have known him and had the opportunity to work with him. He gave me my first slice of challah and glass of manischewitz. Happy trails good man."

"Goodbye to a funny and talented man," added another. "The laughter you brought to us all will go on forever. Condolences to Shelly's family."

Sources: Rolling Stone,, Christopher Bay via The Official Shelley Berman Facebook Fan Group/Facebook, The New York Times / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Gannett Company /Wikimedia Commons,AFP via Malay Mail Online

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