Jackie Mason’s death yesterday has been confirmed by longtime friend and lawyer Raoul Felder. The comic died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, with his wife Jyll and a few pals by his side.
We shall never see his like again. This was a mould that was broken
There will be a small, private funeral service for the 93-year-old in New York, said Raoul, who declined to name the location.
While a public memorial service is expected at a later date.
“We shall never see his like again. This was a mold that was broken,” the star’s emotional pal stated to The New York Post.
“We’re going to miss him.”
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Comedian Jackie Mason has died age 93
Jackie Mason died in hospital yesterday with his wife by his side
Jackie is thought to have been hospitalised two weeks ago.
The rabbi-turned-comedian became known for his amused outrage on stage, and hilarious social commentary.
“80 per cent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe,” he once quipped.
Another of his famous lines was: “Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows, marriage does.”
Jackie Mason was known for his amused outrage on stage
Jackie Mason pictured with his wife in 2017
Jackie started out in show business as a social director at a resort in the Catskills, in southeastern New York State.
After quickly becoming a big hit in the mountains, he got his brig break thanks to Steve Allen’s weekly television variety show.
His wit also took him to Broadway, where he put on several one-man shows.
These included Freshly Squeezed in 2005, Love Thy Neighbor in 1996 and The World According to Me in 1988, for which he received a special Tony Award.
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Jackie is said to have caused a stir during one performance for the Queen Mother, reportedly refusing to wait and bow for her.
“At the end the whole cast lined up and waited and bowed when a member of royalty came over. Jackie was having none of this,” Raoul claimed, according to aforementioned publication.
“He just left. It became a big story – he’d walked out on the Queen Mum. So he invented a story that he couldn’t stay there anymore because he was sick.”
His friend said of the medical staff looking after him: “They were all fans of his. They were all crying. He was like a shooting star that comes every 100 years.”
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Other tributes have quickly flooded into social media, with comedian Gilbert Gottfried calling him “one of the best”.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity hailed Jackie as “irreverent, iconoclastic, funny, smart and a great American patriot”.
And Henry Winkler tweeted: “Now you get to make heaven laugh.”
He is survived by his wife, producer Jyll Rosenfeld, and daughter, Sheba.
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