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'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner

Dead at 78

After Battle With Cancer

3/15/2014 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0315-david-brenner-getty-03Legendary comedian David Brenner has died at the age of 78 ... and he went out with a joke.

Brenner's rep says David passed away peacefully Saturday evening at his NYC home surrounded by family.

As we previously reported ... Brenner slipped into a coma this week after his cancer got aggressive and started spreading rapidly.

D.B. holds the record for most "Tonight Show" appearances with 158 couch sessions. He also hosted the show a handful of times.

We're told David had one final request -- $100 in small bills be placed in his sock -- and said it was "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going."

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Wow ...    

RIP. My condolences to family, friends and fans.

222 days ago
17.

HRH Prince Michael    

I remember when I was a kid, he was -rightfully-
a talk-show staple (Johnny, Merv..).
His quick-wit with the hosts was epic and
his stand-up, legendary. A smile that said:
I'm having as much fun, as You.

May The True and Living Yahweh, bless the shining
soul of Mr. David Brenner!

222 days ago
18.

Carl    

RIP. Interesting that they are showing a Modern Family rerun with David Brenner right now. Wonder if that was on purpose or a coincidence. Anyway, it is a nice sendoff for a comedian I liked but hadn't seen in a long time.

222 days ago
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kenny12    

Lol:) another white dead the better

222 days ago
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EmKreme    

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222 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

I'd love too see a DVD copulation of all his performances on The Tonight Show,that would be awesome. Johnny has him on his set, but just a couple if I recall.

222 days ago
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nof    

Two Giants in the same year - David and Sid Caesar.

Within a month of one another.

Losses you can't wrap your head around.

Dudes too big for the Game.

God Bless David and all of David's people.

I'm sure the Stern show will also pay tribute.

222 days ago
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nof    

"Work CLEAN," he told everyone.

Was influencing Sam Kinnison - when Sam went out.

(also an idol/influence for Sam believe it or not)

222 days ago
24.

Mike    

David Brenner was hilarious! One of the true comic geniuses and it did it without being a pig like so many conics are today. RIP.

222 days ago
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nof    

Typical David didn't want anyone to know.

Unselfish to the absolute core.

Was always about you.

Courage - the guy was all about Courage.

222 days ago
26.

wisey    

He was funny as hell. . :) even in his death notice. RIP.

222 days ago
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Penny Posten    

RIP Mr Brennar. Class act to the end.

222 days ago
28.

Blue Lake    

Truly one of the greats. Thanks for the laughs. Sorry to the loved ones.

222 days ago
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namers    

Imagine a time when clean but sassy was funny? The 'artists' (music/comedy) that use extreme measures to shock won't stand the test of time. David has.

R.I.P. funnyman

222 days ago
30.

Randaleese    

My heart and prayers go out for him and his family! He made the world laugh.. He will be missed. RIP my friend!

222 days ago
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