Comedian David Brenner Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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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

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

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

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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.

4. He Was a Favorite on The Tonight Show

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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

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.

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