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Oct 6th, 2004, 01:36 AM

Comic Rodney Dangerfield Dies at Age 82

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Dangerfield, who fell into a coma after undergoing heart surgery, died at 1:20 p.m., said publicist Kevin Sasaki. Dangerfield had a heart valve replaced Aug. 25 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.

Sasaki said in a statement that Dangerfield suffered a small stroke after the operation and developed infectious and abdominal complications. But in the past week he had emerged from the coma, the publicist said.

Clad in a black suit, red tie and white shirt with collar that seemed too tight, Dangerfield convulsed audiences with lines such as: "When I was born, I was so ugly that the doctor slapped my mother," "When I started in show business, I played one club that was so far out my act was reviewed in Field and Stream," and "Every time I get in an elevator, the operator says the same thing to me: `Basement?'"

In a 1986 interview, he explained the origin of his "respect" trademark:

"I had this joke: `I played hide and seek; they wouldn't even look for me.' To make it work better, you look for something to put in front of it: I was so poor, I was so dumb, so this, so that. I thought, `Now what fits that joke?' Well, `No one liked me' was all right. But then I thought, a more profound thing would be, `I get no respect.'"

Dangerfield is survived by his wife, Joan, and two children from a previous marriage.

Oct 6th, 2004, 01:46 AM
Awwww he was struggling for a while now...

RIP Rodney, you were a funny man!

Oct 6th, 2004, 02:02 AM
Wow Im sorry to hear that. He was definitely one of my favorite comic actors. Janet Leigh went yesterday.......

Two more greats in that Golden movie theater in the sky.......

Andy Mac
Oct 6th, 2004, 02:41 AM
r.i.p rod.

Oct 6th, 2004, 03:11 AM
:tears: :bigcry: :rain:

Sally Struthers
Oct 6th, 2004, 04:17 AM
Rest in peace, Rodney! I always respected you :kiss:

Oct 6th, 2004, 04:19 AM
is he really dead???? :eek: :sad:

'back to school' is one of my all-time faves. sam kinnison is his history professor, and they share a damn funny scene.

RIP rodney!

Oct 6th, 2004, 04:24 AM
He was so funny, and cute at the same time. He will be missed.

Oct 6th, 2004, 11:22 AM
RIP. :sad: More respected than he thought...

Helen Lawson
Oct 6th, 2004, 01:11 PM
He never won an Oscar like I did, but I did respect him.

Oct 6th, 2004, 03:47 PM
I just could never look at him the same after Natural Born Killers.

Oct 6th, 2004, 04:05 PM
such a funny comedian.