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Hollywood Stars Pay Tribute to ‘Genius’ Comedian Don Rickles

”In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles’ family has requested that people drop their pants and fire a rocket“

Don Rickles died at the age of 90 on Thursday, and Hollywood stars and comedians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the legendary insult comic.

Rickles, ironically nicknamed “Mr. Warmth” for his cutting sense of humor, died of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles. Following news of his passing, fans and admirers shared stories of being inspired and insulted by Rickles over the years, and honored his legacy as a comedian and entertainer.

“90 years with Don Rickles weren’t enough,” Jimmy Kimmel wrote in a tweet. “One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you already.”

Patton Oswalt remembered him with a Rickles-style joke, writing, “In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles’ family has requested that people drop their pants and fire a rocket.”

Rickles frequently appeared on late night talk shows, making his first appearance on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” in 1965. He was also a prolific actor who appeared on shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Addams Family” and “Gilligan’s Island” in the 1960s, and became a fixture on “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast” specials.

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