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Comedian Richard Jeni Dies

Stand-up comedian Richard Jeni has died of an apparent suicide. He was 49.

According to, the comedian might have been ill, but that has not been confirmed. His girlfriend called police on Saturday morning, after Jeni had shot himself. He was still alive, but died at a nearby hospital.

Jeni was ranked number 57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. He had numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show," as well as Comedy Central and HBO specials. He was also seen on the big screen in "A Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn," "The Aristocrats," and "The Mask."

According to, his most recent work was a guest-starring role on "Everybody Hates Chris." -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 11, 2007 8:49 PM
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richard jeni was not 45 at his passing....always check facts b4 putting them out there...

a journalist here looking for work, by the way...

-- Posted by: tara at March 12, 2007 1:59 PM

Reuters says he was 45. USA Today and Wikipedia say he was 49.

I checked with Reuters. They are usually reliable. Thanks though. I guess majority rules.

If you are willing to work for free... I've got a job for you.

-- Posted by: Rachel at March 12, 2007 2:08 PM

I loved Richard Jeni's sense of humor. I was waiting patiently for him to entertain and delight us again with another comedy special. He was special and I am deeply saddened by his death.

-- Posted by: Maureen at March 13, 2007 12:56 AM

I think its horribly sad he felt there was no way out but to take his life.
And SHAME on the 2 people who felt the need to be so PETTY as to correct a reporters mistake,instead of expressing an OUNCE of human compassion for someone in so much pain.
As for Tara!!! U are pathetic!!!...making a plug for a job under these circumstances is grossly discusting.
Have u tried the ENQUIRER? U're the TYPE they look for.
Prayers for his family & friends..Trayce

-- Posted by: Trayce at May 10, 2007 1:46 PM

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