TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner

Dead at 78

After Battle With Cancer

3/15/2014 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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."

89 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

Rigby    

Lol he went out in style. Rest in peace buddy.

185 days ago
2.

fastdriver    

Rest in peace David! You were a funny guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends!

185 days ago
3.

Shoozie    

Rest in Peace, Mr. David. Thanks for all the laughs.

185 days ago
4.

cokeandpilates    

Thanks for the laughs! David Brenner was one of the first comedians I remember watching as a child. Getting to stay up late and watch him on The Tonight Show was always a treat. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

185 days ago
5.

thehoch    

The original Jerry Seinfeld....and a lot funnier to boot. Half the reason he was so enjoyable as a comedian is because he was so likeable. RIP!!!

185 days ago
6.

GothamGirl    

Condolences to his family. He was such a funny man, and made me laugh throughout his career, and I thank him for that!

185 days ago
7.

Cheryl    

Rest in peace

185 days ago
8.

Canadasux    

Too Bad. Luv'd him on Carson and on other shows. RIP!

185 days ago
9.

w    

R.i.p.

185 days ago
10.

liberal racist    

cigarettes killed him and johnny carson

185 days ago
11.

StevenB    

Brenner never had to curse or 'shock' to be funny enough to make tears come to your eyes from laughing. Today's comedians should study him and find out what a real comedian is.

185 days ago
12.

TMZCrazy    

Very shocked to hear of this. David Brenner was so funny. He had that controversial television series in 1976 called "Snip" about a gay hairdresser. The subject was so taboo that NBC pulled the plug on putting it on the air just days before the first episode was to premiere. So sorry to learn of his passing. R.I.P.

185 days ago
13.

MightyMatt    

A class act. Intelligent humor instead of vulgar. RIP.

185 days ago
14.

Sin D    

Funny man and always smiling. RIP sir...ya gave us many laughs.

185 days ago
15.

soobeedoo    

RIP.............

185 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web