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Response from Larry David on Passing of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Co-Star Richard Lewis: ‘Made Me Weep’ – Monomaxos

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HBO co-star, Richard Lewis made a heartfelt statement in response to the sad news. The duo collaborated on Curb your enthusiasm, currently in its 12th season. Larry expressed, “Richard and I entered this world within three days of each other in the same hospital. He was like a sibling to me for the majority of my existence,” Larry conveyed. “He possessed a unique blend of being the most humorous and affectionate individual. However, today, he triggered my tears, an act I cannot come to terms with.”

Richard, who passed away due to a heart attack, was first seen in the debut episode of the celebrated comedy series back in 2000, as reported by Variety. His final appearance was recorded for the ongoing 12th season that premiered on February 4. Larry and his late close friend cherished a long-standing friendship that originated from their adolescent days at summer camp.

Larry David and Richard Lewis
Larry David and his late Curb Your Enthusiasm co-star Richard Lewis. (Charley Gallay/FilmMagic for HBO)

Almost twelve months before his demise, Richard announced his retirement from stand-up comedy following a Parkinson’s diagnosis. In a video shared via Twitter in April 2023, he stated, “I concluded filming Season 12 of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ recently, an extraordinary season I was privileged to be a part of,”

Within the recording, the Anything but love Alum disclosed undergoing several medical procedures. “I underwent four consecutive surgeries, an unprecedented ordeal that bewildered me, just a stroke of misfortune which is a part of life,” Richard revealed. “I have decided to no longer engage in performance. I am concentrating solely on writing and performing. I am managing Parkinson’s disease with proper medical care, and everything is under control. I cherish my spouse, my adorable pet, and my loyal friends and supporters. Now you are enlightened about my whereabouts in the past three and a half years. May God watch over you.”

Survived by his spouse, Joyce Lapinsky, whom he wedded in 2005, Richard also garnered condolences from HBO upon his passing. “The demise of Richard Lewis has left us devastated. His comic genius, wit, and artistry were unparalleled,” expressed the network. “Richard will forever remain a cherished member of the HBO and Curb your enthusiasm families. We extend our deepest sympathies to his kin, companions, and all his admirers who relied on Richard to brighten their days with joy.”