The comedian and actor Richard Belzer best known as Detective John Munch on the “Law & Order” franchise had passed away at the age of 78 and Bill Scheft, a longtime family friend confirmed to CBS News on Sunday that Richard Belzer died.
Scheft reported that Belzer died in the southern French town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer surrounded by loved ones. He shared the Tweet after the death of Richard:
Not about me, but yes, my good friend and (with @blakejharrisNYC) doc subject Richard Belzer went to Heaven this morning. Two things: 1) He would have loved there was a 24-hour conspiracy about his death yesterday, and 2) His last words were “F**k you, motherf***er!”
— Bill Scheft (@billscheft) February 19, 2023
Many celebs pay tribute to him after hearing the news of his death. Comedian and original SNL cast member Laraine Newman tweeted, “I loved this guy so much.“
I’m so sad to hear of Richard Belzer’s passing. I loved this guy so much. He was one of my first friends when I got to New York to do SNL. We used to go out to dinner every week at Sheepshead Bay for lobster. One of the funniest people ever. A master at crowd work. RIP dearest. pic.twitter.com/u23co0JPA2
— Laraine Newman (@larainenewman) February 19, 2023
Mariska Hargitay, Belzer’s former co-star on Law & Order: SVU, posted on Instagram, “My sincere condolences, my dear friend. I’ll miss your special brilliance and the way you saw the world.”
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Belzer, a popular stand-up comedian made his acting debut in “The Groove Tube” in 1974. Belzer’s most notable role was that of Detective John Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Street” from 1993 to 1999. Belzer reprised the role on the first episode of “Law & Order” in 1993.
Belzer was a TV icon for his portrayal of a cynical but dedicated detective thanks to his dapper, dark suits and glasses. Keep following our Twitter page to be among the first to know about any breaking news as it happens.