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LAPD -- We're Proud 'Columbo' Was One of Us

6/25/2011 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Los Angeles Police Department feels like they lost one of their own in Peter Falk ... even though he only played a cop on TV. 

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A rep for the LAPD tells TMZ they are "proud" to be associated with Falk's infamous character, Lt. Columbo, who was an LAPD homicide detective. 

The rep tells TMZ, "The Department extends heartfelt condolences to Mr. Falk's family in this most difficult time. He was truly one of the all-time great TV cops. There will never be another one like him."

Falk passed away on Thursday at the age of 83.

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gemini81    

RIP Columbo!!

1029 days ago
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Ginger    

I just loved Columbo. I will miss him. Rest in peace, Peter.

1029 days ago
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MTBear    

"infamous character"? Really? Who's your hero, Ma Barker?

1029 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Loved that he didn't have to cut to the chase like today's wannabe slick pseudo-clever "detectives". They let him take his time & he was more magnetic to watch than all these limp noodles put together.

Just one more thing...

1029 days ago
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5thbeatle    

R.I.P. Peter. NOT only were you great as Columbo, but with all of your other movies as well. You were the best!!! My condolences to Peter's family, they'll be in my thoughts.

1029 days ago
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Scarlett    

Infamous? What is wrong woth you? Dictionary needed I guess...
Falk was,is and will be the GREATEST detecitve ever!!!

1029 days ago
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Blood Red Witch    

RIP Mr Falk.


Even my 11 year old knows who Colombo was. You were on of the greats

1029 days ago
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Sidney    

LOve love love him. I grew up In Italy watching him and to these days my mom still keeps watching him every week. We saw each episode over and over again, but never get tired. He'll be truly missed. Great actor and very loved in Europe. R.I.P. Tenente Colombo

1029 days ago
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Mark    

infamous: Well known for some bad quality or deed.

How does this describe Columbo?

1029 days ago
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slammer    

Too bad LAPD is nothing like Columbo.

1029 days ago
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jim    

You didn't mean "infamous", as he wasn't a notorious criminal. You meant famous. But then, you just started writing after graduating last year, when your uncle gave you the job with tmz. Am I right?

1029 days ago
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runningman    

The differance between Columbo and the LAPD is Columbo was smart and always treated people well. On the other hand the LAPD will beat, steal, arrest and kill with impunity.

1029 days ago
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paul    

But Columbo didn't have to deal with all the mexicans.

1029 days ago
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Keith    

"proud" to be associated with Falk's infamous character...

The correct term is "famous." "Infamous" is a derogatory term used for criminals and an insult to Mr. Falk.

Shame on you and your grammar TMZ!

in·fa·mous   /ˈɪnfəməs/ Show Spelled
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–adjective
1. having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed.

1029 days ago
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Buck    

in·fa·mous   /ˈɪnfəməs/ Show Spelled
[in-fuh-muhs] Show IPA

–adjective
1. having an extremely bad reputation: an infamous city.
2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully malign; detestable: an infamous deed.
3. Law .
a. deprived of certain rights as a citizen, as a consequence of conviction of certain offenses.
b. of or pertaining to offenses involving such deprivation.

Come on, guys.

1029 days ago
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