Sunday, December 11, 2005

Richard Pryor, December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2005

Actor and comedic legend, Richard Pryor, has passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 65. I was probably too young to be a big fan of his, but I did like his stand-up and I loved Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. From the New York Times:
Richard Pryor, the iconoclastic standup comedian who transcended barriers of race and brought a biting, irreverent humor into America's living rooms, movie houses, clubs and concert halls, died Saturday. He was 65.

Mr. Pryor, who had been ill with multiple sclerosis, suffered a heart attack and died at a hospital in Los Angeles, his wife, Jennifer Lee Pryor, told CNN.

Mr. Pryor's health had been in decline for many years. Episodes of self-destructive, chaotic and violent behavior, often triggered by drug use, repeatedly threatened his career and jeopardized his life. "I couldn't escape the darkness," he acknowledged, but he was able to put his demons at the service of his art.
You can find a good biography of him at his official website.

Remember, this is Richard Pryor we're talking about, so there is some stronger than normal language at his site.

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