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'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner

On Death Bed

3/15/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0315-david-brenner-getty-02David Brenner -- who holds the record for number of appearances on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson -- is on his death bed  and people close to him say it's just a matter of days.

Sources close to Brenner say the 78-year-old comedian has cancer that has been aggressive ... spreading rapidly.

We're told Brenner slipped into a coma this week ... and doctors don't expect him to pull through.

David sat on Carson's couch 158 times ... and even hosted the "Tonight Show" a few times.

He was also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show.




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4:00 PM PST -- Brenner's rep says the comedian passed away Saturday evening.

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31.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Unlike most talk show guests of today, David always brought fresh material to his appearances. And Johnny rewarded him for it. I miss guys like David.

137 days ago
32.

moniquev    

Is he still engaged to skater Tai Babilonia?

137 days ago
33.

Barbara    

I really enjoyed him over the years.

137 days ago
34.

Socalpimp    

Thats when the tonight show meant something, now its just a silly fratboy show based off beerpong, videogames and bad impressions

137 days ago
35.

fifithepoodle    

I with his family my thoughts and prayers

137 days ago
36.

charlei harper    

I told you that blue ugly had siblings...

137 days ago
37.

Desiree650    

May God watch over him!

137 days ago
38.

my 2 cents    

God bless him...

137 days ago
39.

Truth    

It figures that a bunch of aholes that never miss a Kardashian episode come in here and make fun of a true comedy legend.

137 days ago
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porkchop    

Grew up watching this man on various shows, such a great sense of humour and very engaging, I am hoping that he is as comfortable as they can make him and that he doesn't have to suffer much longer. Thank you Mr Brenner. You aren't forgotten.

137 days ago
41.

Vote2012    

I never thought he was very funny, but was a good sub host for Johnny Carson, it's hard to believe he was 78 yrs old.

137 days ago
42.

Sue    

I just read that he died today. An article where Richard Lewis was praising him.

137 days ago
43.

porkchop    

Grew up watching this man on various shows, such a great sense of humour and very engaging, I am hoping that he is as comfortable as they can make him and that he doesn't have to suffer much longer. Thank you Mr Brenner. You aren't forgotten.

137 days ago
44.

Quisp    

AP is reporting he died.

137 days ago
45.

Sue    

TMZ-you need to update this because he IS dead.

137 days ago
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