David Brenner has passed away at the age of 78. He was a comedian who rose to stardom after coming from a modest childhood and later serving in the army. Read on for the sad facts.
1. Brenner Passed Away in his New York City Home
RIP Mr. Funny man, David Brennerpic.twitter.com/vyYDvIvtxP
— Cheryl (@TexasStrong3378) March 15, 2014
This afternoon, Brenner died at home in New York City. The Washington Post reports:
Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.
As for Brenner’s upbringing, Wikipedia gives a brief run-down:
Brenner was born in 1936 and raised in poor areas of Philadelphia. At school, Brenner was elected class president every year. After high school, he largely hung out on the street corners for two years, followed by two years in the army, serving in the 101st Airborne and as a cryptographer of the 595th Signal Corp in Boblingen, Germany. After being discharged, he attended Temple University where he majored in mass communication and graduated with honors.
2. This Week Brenner Slipped Into a Coma
RIP David Brenner, dead today after a battle with cancer. February 4, 1936 – March 15, 2014 #DavidBrenner
— Chris Kelly (@whoschriskelly) March 15, 2014
Earlier today, TMZ reported that Brenner was on his death bed.
Sources close to Brenner say the 78-year-old comedian has cancer that has been aggressive … spreading rapidly. We’re told Brenner slipped into a coma this week … and doctors don’t expect him to pull through.
Sadly, Brenner leaves behind three children: Slade, Wyatt and Cole.
3. Brenner Was Basically a Regular on The Howard Stern Show
Brenner appeared so many times on Howard Stern’s show that he might as well have been a regular. Stern was deeply saddened when he heard of Brenner’s recent condition.
Keep David in your thoughts. Great guy who was always encouraging and in my corner. I am so sad. @MarthaQuinn:
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) March 15, 2014
4. He Was a Favorite on The Tonight Show
Brenner was a comedian who rose to stardom through his many appearances on The Tonight Show after having a career as a documentary filmmaker. CBS writes:
The gangly, toothy Brenner made more than 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” starting in the 1970s.
5. Celebrities Have Already Begun to Mourn Brenner’s Passing
RIP David Brenner. I adored him, and laughed more with him than anybody. Sad, sad, sad. Knowing David, he's now making the devil laugh.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) March 15, 2014
Celebrities are already learning of their fellow comedian’s passing. Comedian Richard Lewis told The Washington Post:
David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing. To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy. He mentored me from day one. … His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced.
RIP David Brenner. Sad news. http://t.co/YBPIlJqPTi
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) March 15, 2014