On “Law & Order,” everyone idolized Detective John Munch. He was a beloved figure among American audiences for many years.
His passing has shocked and saddened his many followers around the globe. If you want to know how Belzer died, keep reading.
“He passed at home early this morning in the south of France — in his home in the south of France — with his family around him,” writer Bill Scheft, an old friend of the late actor confirmed to the media.
Scheft told the journalists, “He had a lot of health concerns, and his last words were, ‘F— you, motherf—er.'”
Many of his former colleagues and prominent figures in the Hollywood film industry have come forward after his death to express their sorrow and sympathies. Saturday Night Live alum Laraine Newman tweeted, “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.”
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
Back in 1983, Belzer learned he had testicular cancer. His illness and subsequent treatment sparked the idea for his HBO comedy special “Another Lone Nut,” which aired in 1997.
The incident with Belzer’s talk show happened in 1985. Belzer passed out and smashed his head on the studio floor after professional wrestler Hulk Hogan locked him in a chokehold. Belzer filed a lawsuit against the wrestler, but he and the latter eventually settled out of court.
On NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993, he made his debut as Munch, a role he would later play again on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Between 1999 and 2013, he was in approximately 330 episodes of “SVU,” and he also had guest-starring roles in 2014 and 2016.
Belzer also fancied himself a novelist, and he wrote a book about the kind of thing that interested him most: conspiracies. His book “Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination” came out in 2016.
Highs and Lows… After one of the most amazing weeks of my life. I wake up to the news I lost my friend today. Belz is gone.. Damn it! But remember this..’When you ARE having real fun and are Truly Happy. ENJOY it to the fullest! Cause Pain is inevitably coming.’ I’ll miss you… https://t.co/WmaHvj629b pic.twitter.com/Fca9qiaDLV— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) February 19, 2023
Other books the comedian and actor penned were titled “UFOS, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Believe” and “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups.”
His wife, Harlee McBride, is now the sole heir to his estate. In 1985, they tied the knot. There are no children from their union, however McBride does have two daughters from a previous marriage, Jessica and Shannon Benton.
The news of Richard Belzer’s passing has shocked a lot of people, and his passing will be mourned all across the world. Our prayers are with him and his family at this time.
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