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Ben Stiller Says Dad Jerry Stiller Was Funny ‘Until the End’

”We were able to be with him, which I’m very, very grateful for,“ Stiller tells the New Yorker

Ben Stiller reflected on his last days with his father, the late comedic legend Jerry Stiller who passed away last week at the age of 93, in an interview with the New Yorker Tuesday.

The 54-year-old actor talked about what it meant to him to be able to spend quality time with his dad as he neared the end of his life.

“My sister and I were able to be with him. And, just due to the fact that he didn’t have a coronavirus-related illness, and he had been ailing for a while, we were able to be with him, which I’m very, very grateful for,” Stiller told the New Yorker.

He also reflected on the man who made audiences laugh for decades, a trait that stayed strong as his body weakened.

“He was just slowing down a lot, and he was dealing with a lot of issues,” he added. “And so the last week or two were tougher for him. But he went peacefully, and he had a sense of humor, for sure, until the end. I hesitate to call it a sense of humor. He was just funny, and so he was always himself. He was almost 93, and I think his body was kind of at that point where it was time.”