(CNN)Comedian Jackie Mason, known for his rapid-fire befuddled observations in a decades-long standup career, died at a New York hospital Saturday at the age of 93, long-time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder told CNN on Saturday night.
“He died peacefully with several close friends and family at his side,” Felder said. Mason had been hospitalized for two weeks with difficulty breathing, Felder said. Photos: People we've lost in 2021 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Comedian Jackie Mason, known for his rapid-fire befuddled observations in a decades-long standup career, died Saturday, July 24, at the age of 93, long-time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder told CNN.Hide Caption 1 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Rapper Biz Markie, best known for his lighthearted 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” died July 16 at the age of 57, his manager told CNN. Markie also expanded his career to include acting, appearing in several films and TV shows, including “Men in Black II” and “Yo Gabba Gabba.”Hide Caption 2 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. died July 7 at the age of 85. He is perhaps best known for his films “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace.” He also appeared in “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Live and Die in L.A.”Hide Caption 3 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Suzzanne Douglas, an accomplished stage and screen actress who starred in the film “Tap” and the television series “The Parent ‘Hood,” died in July at the age of 64, her representative told CNN in a statement. No cause of death was shared.Hide Caption 4 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Richard Donner, an accomplished Hollywood producer and director known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “The Goonies,” died on July 5. He was 91.Hide Caption 5 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Terry Donahue, a longtime UCLA football coach, died July 4 at the age of 77, the school announced. Donahue died after a two-year battle with cancer, the school said.Hide Caption 6 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Donald Rumsfeld, the acerbic architect of the Iraq War and a master Washington power player who served as US secretary of defense for two presidents, died at the age of 88, his family announced on June 30.Hide Caption 7 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Former US Sen. Mike Gravel, an Alaska Democrat who garnered national attention by reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record and waged two unsuccessful bids for president, died June 26 at the age of 91.Hide Caption 8 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, who won bronze in the 400 meters at the 2017 World Championships, died June 26 at the age of 24. The Qatar Olympic Committee, which announced Haroun’s death on social media, did not say how he died.Hide Caption 9 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Daredevil Alex Harvill died June 17 while practicing for a world-record motorcycle ramp jump, officials in Washington state said. He was 28 years old. Harvill was hoping to break the record of a 351-foot jump, according to the Moses Lake Airshow, where his attempt was scheduled.Hide Caption 10 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Actor Frank Bonner, best known for his role as an overconfident sales manager in the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” died on June 16, his daughter Desiree Boers-Kort told CNN. He was 79 years old.Hide Caption 11 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Actress Lisa Banes, who appeared in numerous television series and films such as “Gone Girl,” died June 14 after suffering injuries sustained from being hit by a scooter in New York City, the NYPD and a law enforcement official told CNN. She was 65.Hide Caption 12 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Ned Beatty, an Oscar-nominated character actor whose many films include “Deliverance” and “Superman,” died June 13 at the age of 83.Hide Caption 13 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Clarence Williams III, who played Linc Hayes in “The Mod Squad,” died at his home in Los Angeles after battling colon cancer, his manager Peg Donegan told CNN in a statement on June 6. Williams was 81.Hide Caption 14 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021David Dushman, the last surviving soldier who helped liberate Auschwitz-Birkenau, died June 5 at the age of 98, the Jewish community of Munich and Upper Bavaria said in a statement on its website.Hide Caption 15 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021F. Lee Bailey, a prominent and controversial defense attorney, died June 3 at the age of 87. His death was confirmed to CNN by Jennifer Sisson, a manager at Bailey’s consulting firm. Bailey was best known for his participation in the successful defenses of high-profile clients, including O.J. Simpson.Hide Caption 16 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Gavin MacLeod, known for his roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Love Boat,” died on May 29, his nephew Mark See told Variety. He was 90 years old.Hide Caption 17 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Grammy-winning singer B.J. Thomas died May 29 of complications from lung cancer, his publicist said. Thomas was 78. He was propelled to stardom in 1970 when he was chosen to perform “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”Hide Caption 18 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton died at the age of 64, the team confirmed in a statement on May 29. Eaton was found unconscious near his home in Summit County, Utah, after being involved in what appeared to be a bicycle crash, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Eaton was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. Eaton was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and has the fourth-most blocks in league history. He still holds the record for most blocked shots in a season, amassing 456 blocks during the 1984-85 season.Hide Caption 19 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021John Warner, who represented Virginia in the US Senate for three decades and was widely respected for his views on military affairs, died May 25 at the age of 94.Hide Caption 20 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Samuel E. Wright, the actor who voiced Sebastian the crab in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and sang the film’s Oscar-winning song “Under the Sea,” died May 24 at the age of 74.Hide Caption 21 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Eric Carle, the author and artist of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and dozens of other popular children’s books, died on May 23. He was 91. Hide Caption 22 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Paul Mooney, an actor-comedian famous for starring on “Chappelle’s Show” and “Bamboozled,” died on May 19, according to a rep for the actor. He was 79.Hide Caption 23 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Charles Grodin, a versatile comedic actor best known for his roles in movies like “Midnight Run” and “The Heartbreak Kid,” died May 18 after battling cancer, according to his son. He was 86.Hide Caption 24 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Colt Brennan, a former football quarterback who starred at the University of Hawaii, died at a California hospital at the age of 37, his family confirmed to CNN on May 11. His sister, Carrera Shea, said he had been in a long-term rehab facility and relapsed. Brennan set the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes when he threw 58 of them in 2006. That record was eclipsed by LSU’s Joe Burrow in 2019. Hide Caption 25 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Lloyd Price died at the age of 88, his longtime manager confirmed to CNN on May 9. Price was called “Mr. Personality” for his smash recording of “Personality,” and he was known for adapting the New Orleans sound starting in the 1950s with hits such as “Stagger Lee” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.”Hide Caption 26 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Pervis Staples, one of the founding members of the legendary Chicago gospel group the Staple Singers, died on May 6, according to a funeral home notice and Facebook post. He was 85. Staples is seen here, third from left, along with the rest of the Staple Singers.Hide Caption 27 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Nick Kamen, a British model and singer who appeared in a famous 1985 Levi’s commercial, died at the age of 59, his family confirmed to the PA Media news agency on May 5. Kamen also collaborated with Madonna on the 1986 record “Each Time you Break my Heart.”Hide Caption 28 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Race car driver Bobby Unser, winner of the 1968, 1975 and 1981 Indianapolis 500s, died May 2 at the age of 87. Unser is one of 10 drivers to win the prestigious Indy 500 at least three times, and he was the first driver to win the race in three different decades.Hide Caption 29 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Actress Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film “Moonstruck,” died on May 1, according to her agent. She was 89 years old.Hide Caption 30 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Former New York Jets football player Pete Lammons died in an accident during a fishing tournament in Texas on April 29, according to tournament officials and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He was 77. Hide Caption 31 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Michael Collins, the NASA astronaut who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, died April 28 after battling cancer, according to a statement released by his family. He was 90. Hide Caption 32 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Geno Hayes, a former NFL linebacker, died April 26, according to his former high school football coach Frankie Carroll. The cause of death was related to liver disease, Carroll said. Hayes played at Florida State University before going on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was 33.Hide Caption 33 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz, perhaps best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin, died of Covid-19 on April 24, a spokesperson for the luxury fashion company Richemont told CNN. Elbaz was 59.Hide Caption 34 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Walter “Fritz” Mondale, who served as vice president under President Jimmy Carter before waging his own unsuccessful White House bid in 1984, died on April 19. He was 93.Hide Caption 35 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Helen McCrory, the British actress best known for her roles in the Harry Potter films and the TV series “Peaky Blinders,” died April 16 at the age of 52. Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, tweeted that she died “peacefully at home” after a “heroic battle with cancer.”Hide Caption 36 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in British history, died on April 9. He was 99.Hide Caption 37 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, died after being hospitalized following a heart attack, according to a statement released by his family on April 9. He was 50. The Grammy-nominated artist sold millions of albums, boosted by hits like “Get At Me Dog” in 1998, “Party Up” in 1999 and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” in 2003.Hide Caption 38 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021US Rep. Alcee Hastings, a civil rights activist and the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation, died at the age of 84, his chief of staff Lale M. Morrison told CNN on April 6.Hide Caption 39 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021G. Gordon Liddy — a former FBI agent, organizer of the Watergate break-in and radio show host — died March 30 at the age of 90, his son confirmed to CNN.Hide Caption 40 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Children’s book author Beverly Cleary died March 25 at the age of 104, her publishing company announced. Cleary’s books have sold more than 85 million copies and were translated into 29 different languages.Hide Caption 41 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry died March 25 at the age of 84, according to his publicist. McMurtry won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for the novel “Lonesome Dove.”Hide Caption 42 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Jessica Walter, an award-winning actress beloved for her role in the television series “Arrested Development,” died March 24, her daughter confirmed in a statement to CNN. She was 80.Hide Caption 43 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021George Segal, a prolific actor with a career that spanned more than six decades, died at age 87, his wife said on March 23. Segal received an Oscar nomination in 1966 for his role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”Hide Caption 44 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, who played for the Lakers for 14 seasons and was an All-Star 11 times, died March 22 at the age of 86. Hide Caption 45 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Elsa Peretti, the famed jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co., died on March 18, according to her foundation. She was 80. “A masterful artisan, Elsa was responsible for a revolution in the world of jewelry design,” said a statement from Tiffany. “Her collections of organic, sensual forms have inspired generations.”Hide Caption 46 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for bringing gravitas to his roles across television and film, died March 14, according to his agent. He was 81. Kotto’s notable film work includes roles in “Alien,” “The Running Man,” “Midnight Run” and “Live and Let Die,” in which he played iconic Bond villain Mr. Big. In television, his longest-running role was as Lt. Al Giardello on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.”Hide Caption 47 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Former boxing champion “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler died March 13 at the age of 66, according to his wife. Hagler dominated the middleweight division for nearly a decade.Hide Caption 48 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, died at the age of 94, his family confirmed to CNN on March 11.Hide Caption 49 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Jahmil French, an actor known for his role as Dave Turner on the Canadian series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” died on March 1, according to his manager, Gabrielle Kachman. He was 29. No details on the cause of death were made available.Hide Caption 50 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Vernon Jordan, a civil rights leader and close adviser to former President Bill Clinton, died on March 1, multiple sources close to the family told CNN. He was 85.Hide Caption 51 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Broadcasting pioneer and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback Irv Cross died on February 28, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on the team’s website. He was 81. Cross was the first African American sports analyst on national television when he worked for CBS Sports as an NFL analyst and commentator from 1971 to 1994.Hide Caption 52 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco’s beloved City Lights bookstore, died February 22 at the age of 101. Ferlinghetti was one of the last surviving members of the Beat Generation, and he played a key role in expanding the literary movement’s focus to the West Coast.Hide Caption 53 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon who for decades used his perch as the king of talk radio to shape the politics of both the Republican Party and nation, died February 17 after a battle with cancer. He was 70.Hide Caption 54 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Johnny Pacheco, considered the “godfather of salsa” for popularizing the Latin musical genre, died at the age of 85 according to his wife and and former record label on February 15.Hide Caption 55 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Renowned jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea died from “a rare form of cancer,” a statement on the musician’s website said on February 11. He was 79. Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, Corea worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann and Miles Davis.Hide Caption 56 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Larry Flynt, the Hustler magazine founder and outspoken First Amendment activist who built an adult entertainment empire, died on February 10, his nephew, Jimmy Flynt Jr., told CNN. He was 78.Hide Caption 57 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Mary Wilson, a founding member of “The Supremes,” died on February 8 at the age of 76, according to a statement from her longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz.Hide Caption 58 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021George P. Shultz, who played a central role in helping to bring the Cold War to an end as President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, died February 6 at the age of 100, according to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where he worked for over 30 years.Hide Caption 59 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Susan Bayh, the former first lady of Indiana, died February 5 from complications due to glioblastoma, her family announced. She was 61. Hide Caption 60 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Christopher Plummer, the elegantly voiced, Oscar-winning actor perhaps most fondly remembered for “The Sound of Music,” died February 5 at the age of 91.Hide Caption 61 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Dianne Durham, who as a teen became the first Black gymnast to win a USA Gymnastics national championship, died on February 4. She was 52.Hide Caption 62 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Dustin Diamond, who played the role of Screech on the popular 1990s high school comedy “Saved by the Bell,” died February 1 after a recent cancer diagnosis, according to Diamond’s manager, Roger Paul. He was 44.Hide Caption 63 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Cicely Tyson, an award-winning icon of the stage and screen who broke barriers for Black actresses, died on January 28, her longtime manager Larry Thompson confirmed to CNN. She was 96.Hide Caption 64 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Cloris Leachman, the acclaimed actress whose one-of-a-kind comedic flair made her a legendary figure in film and television for seven decades, died on January 27. She was 94.Hide Caption 65 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Corky Lee, an award-winning photographer who captured the everyday lives and political activism of the Asian American community, died January 27 after a battle with Covid-19. He was 73.Hide Caption 66 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Sekou Smith, an NBA reporter and analyst for more than two decades, died from Covid-19 on January 26. He was 48. Smith covered the NBA for more than two decades, including 11 years with Turner Sports, which, like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.Hide Caption 67 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers, died January 23 at the age of 87.Hide Caption 68 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Hal Holbrook, a legendary Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, died January 23 at the age of 95. Holbrook portrayed iconic author Mark Twain in one-man shows for more than six decades.Hide Caption 69 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Hank Aaron, the Baseball Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record and lived a life as an ambassador to the game, died January 22 at the age of 86.Hide Caption 70 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Hall of Fame baseball player Don Sutton died January 18 at the age of 75, according to a tweet from his son. Sutton, a right-handed pitcher, spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Hide Caption 71 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” died at age 92, Fred Rogers Productions announced on January 14.Hide Caption 72 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Siegfried Fischbacher, an illusionist known for working with exotic cats as one half of Siegfried & Roy, died from pancreatic cancer on January 13. He was 81.Hide Caption 73 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021John Reilly, a longtime soap-opera actor known for his time on “General Hospital,” died on January 9, his daughter confirmed to CNN. He was 86.Hide Caption 74 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Tommy Lasorda, who spent seven decades in the Dodgers organization — first as a player in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles as a two-time World Series-winning manager — died January 8 at the age of 93.Hide Caption 75 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021British filmmaker and documentarian Michael Apted died January 7 at the age of 79. Apted directed the 1980 movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the musical and comedy category. Other notable works he directed include “Agatha,” “Gorky Park,” “Gorillas in the Mist,” “Nell,” and “Enough.”Hide Caption 76 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Marion Ramsey, the actress best known for her role as Officer Laverne Hooks in the film franchise “Police Academy,” died January 7 at the age of 73.Hide Caption 77 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Chef and restaurateur Albert Roux died January 4 at the age of 85. Roux founded Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, and revolutionized London’s restaurant scene.Hide Caption 78 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the 1960s British rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, died of a heart infection at the age of 78, his friend and radio broadcaster Pete Price announced on January 3. Marsden was known for his cover of the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel.” It became the anthem for his hometown football team, Liverpool FC.Hide Caption 79 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Former NBA player and coach Paul Westphal died January 2 after a battle with brain cancer, according to the University of Southern California. He was 70. In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Westphal “one of the great all around players of his era.” He won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 1974.Hide Caption 80 of 81 Photos: People we've lost in 2021Hall of Fame football player Floyd Little died January 1 at the age of 78. Little rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 43 touchdowns for the Denver Broncos.Hide Caption 81 of 81 Although he was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Mason came of age in New York, with brief career turns as an amateur boxer and ordained rabbi before getting into comedy. Mason was a master of the “Borscht Belt” style of standup, leaning heavily on Jewish culture and expressions. In his later years, Mason curated a vlog called “The Ultimate Jew” on his website.Read More Felder told CNN that Mason loved attention from fans throughout his career. “He would talk to anybody on the street, even when he was at the height of his fame,” Felder said.He added that Mason’s on-stage persona as a man whose wheels were constantly turning was no act. “I would get phone calls that would start with, ‘Let me ask you something,’ and I knew he had thought of a hypothetical lawsuit to right some terrible wrong,” said Felder, who is an attorney. Many younger fans knew Mason best for his long-running association with “The Simpsons.” Mason’s voice appeared in 11 episodes as Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, until his character died on the show in 2014. Mason is survived by his wife and manager, Jyll Rosenfeld.
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