From Hollywood comes the sad news that longtime standup comedian Richard Belzer has passed away. Richard was considered the star comedian on Saturday Night Live.

In addition, Richard was widely known as one of the detectives, John Munch in the popular television series Law and Order. Richard Belzer was said to be 78 years old when he said goodbye to this world.

How did Richard die? Was it because of natural reasons or because of something else? Who reported Richard’s death? Read more to get your answers.

Everyone’s Favorite Detective, Richard Belzer has died.

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer’s death was reported by his longtime friend, Bill Scheft. According to him, the 78-year-old actor died peacefully at home with his family in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, in the south of France.

Another person who gave a somewhat concrete reason for Richard’s death is Scheft. He is a writer who is working on a documentary about the life of Richard Belzer.

According to Scheft, even though there isn’t any reason for the standup comedian’s death, Richard was rather suffering from circulatory and respiratory problems because of his age.

The first person to announce his death on social media was comedian Laraine Newman on Twitter. The comedian worked alongside Richard Belzer in SNL for a total of 5 years (from 1975-1980).

Laraine paid tribute to her co-star by writing the following words, “I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Belzer. I love this man so much.”

Laraine also wrote the following, “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. Master at crowd work. RIP dear.”

More About the Death of Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer
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Another Richard Belzer co-star, Chris Meloni from Law & Order paid tribute to the slash comedian actor. He uploaded a photo on Twitter in which he’s seen kissing Richard on the cheek.

Chris wrote the following words together with the photo, “Goodbye mon ami. I love you.” Here’s the tweet.

Richard played the role of John Munch for a total of 23 years. Several other shows that Richard has been a part of include Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Law and Order: Trial by Jury, 30 Rocks, LX-FilesArrested Development, The Wire, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.