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Jamie Lee Curtis and Larry David reacted to the death of Richard Lewis

Comedian and actor Richard Lewis passed away this week at age 75, prompting emotional tributes from friends and former co-stars including Larry David and Jamie Lee Curtis. Lewis was best known for his stand-up comedy and role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Larry David calls Richard Lewis “Like a Brother to Me” 

Richard Lewis via Jimmy Kimmel
Richard Lewis via Jimmy Kimmel

According to The Hollywood Reporter, as per statements following Lewis’ death, Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David said:

“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital, and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest.”

David went on to touchingly share, “But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

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Here are a few more heartfelt messages for Lewis:

 

 

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HBO, which aired Curb Your Enthusiasm, also released a statement mourning the loss of Lewis as a “cherished member of the HBO and Curb Your Enthusiasm families.”

Co-Stars Pay Tribute to Richard Lewis’ Comedy and Heart

Richard Lewis via Conan O'brien
Richard Lewis via Conan O’brien

Cheryl Hines, who portrays Larry’s wife on Curb, penned a poignant Instagram tribute in Lewis’ memory. Recalling having a crush on him as a young comedy fan, Hines wrote “He was the funniest person on stage and the most handsome comedian. Then when I was cast on Curb Your Enthusiasm, I got to work with him and it was a dream come true.”

“He would take time to tell the people he loved what they meant to him — especially in recent years,” Hines added about Lewis’ warmth. “In between takes on Curb, he would tell me how special I was to him and how much he loved me. To be loved by Richard Lewis. A true gift. I love you Richard. You will be missed.”

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Susie Essman and Jamie Lee Curtis also released statements mourning the hilarious yet “loving” Lewis. Curtis in particular remembered first insisting Lewis be cast with her back in the ’80s for the sitcom Anything But Love.

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