Famous Comedian Dead

(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Tragedy strikes the comedy world as the elder half of an iconic duo passed away at the age of 86 following a battle with cancer.

The death of Tom Smothers, half of the iconic Smothers Brothers duo, was announced by a spokesperson for the National Comedy Center, marking the end of an era in American comedy. Tom died peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa, California, surrounded by his family, as shared by his brother and comedic partner, Dick Smothers.

Dick Smothers, in a heartfelt statement, reflected on their unique bond, likening their relationship to a “good marriage” that grew stronger over their six decades of working together.

The Smothers Brothers, known for their blend of folk singing and comedy, gained fame with their CBS variety show, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” which aired from 1967 to 1969. Their act, a mix of music and comedic sparring, paved the way for future political satirical shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show.”

Journey Gunderson, the executive director of the National Comedy Center, emphasized Tom’s role as not just a comedic genius but also a champion of free speech.

The Smothers Brothers’ comedy was groundbreaking, tackling issues like politics, racism, and the Vietnam War. Their influence is seen in the landscape of television comedy and political satire that followed.

In 2019, the National Comedy Center honored Tom and Dick by bringing them out of retirement for a special celebration of their careers. The Center plans to continue preserving Tom’s legacy and contributions to comedy.

A private memorial service is planned for 2024, and the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the National Comedy Center in honor of Tom Smothers.

He is survived by his children, Bo and Riley Rose Smothers, his grandson Phoenix, Marcy Carriker Smothers, sister-in-law Marie Smothers, and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his son Tom and sister Sherry Smothers. Tom’s passing is not just a loss to his family but to the world of comedy and all who appreciated his unique talent and contribution to American culture.