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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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Truth is    

F U cancer

168 days ago
32.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

I lost my virginity to David Brenner in 1983...true story.

168 days ago
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Faunmax    

Very funny man. Rest in peace. Condolences to his family.

168 days ago
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Ajnucch    

Such sad and shocking news, he was a funny guy, condolences to his family. RIP David.

168 days ago
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Sue from jersey    

May he rest in peace. I wish his family peace and comfort . I hate cancer so much !!!

168 days ago
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Dan da man    

I remember one joke David told on the Carson show: He was sitting in a chair on a newspaper. A man came up and asked him if he was reading that paper. David said "Yes, stood up, turned the page and sat back down on the paper"! One of the greats from growing up watching him on Carson.

168 days ago
37.

eatimups    

Rest easy David. You were a great comedian

168 days ago
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Christopher     

I know many fat people your age still enjoying cheesecake and erections, I don't know if they take cash where your going but bring something cool to wear cause you're going to need it. Bye Bye big beak ;-)

168 days ago
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Carrieann    

What kind of cancer??

168 days ago
40.

Pavlov    

Funny to the end! I hope I can go out with as much style as David Brenner!

168 days ago
41.

think101    

RIP Mr. Brenner, Congrats to a job well done. You was one of the best. Condolences to the Family & Friends.

168 days ago
42.

Champagne Jayne    

Goodnight sweet man. You are already bring missed around the world.

168 days ago
43.

Norba    

Echo-ing Nof from earlier:

Hard to know what to say - about the Game-Changers.

"Brenner, Ali, Bruce, Pryor, Mantle, McEnroe, Tyson."

Not an exaggeration - all true.

A League Of Their Own.

168 days ago
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toddpugz7111    

Saw him in Vegas in 1980. He was great!

168 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

R.I.P.

168 days ago
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