Comedian Robert Schimmel died Friday, Sept. 3 from injuries sustained in a car accident the week before. He was 60 years old.
Last Thursday while traveling in Arizona, his 19-year-old daughter Aliyah swerved to avoid another accident in the lane she was driving in. The car she, Schimmel and his son were in flipped multiple times.
Schimmel’s death was confirmed by his brother, Jeff Schimmel, on Facebook Friday night via his status update: “ROBERT SCHIMMEL. Son, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Comedian, Generous Man. I have always loved you, admired you, and was proud to be your biggest fan. I will never forget a single moment. R.I.P.”
]]>The Howard Stern Show and was a writer for “In Living Color.” In 2000, plans for a FOX sitcom were scrapped when Schimmel (who had already survived a heart attack in 1998) was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After beating cancer, he announced in January of this year that he had contracted cirrhosis from a Hepatitis C infection he had gotten from a blood transfusion. He was currently on the transplant list waiting for a new liver. Schimmel’s sister, the artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold who makes mosaic portraits out of recycled junk mail, blogged about her brother on Wednesday and posted a Twitpic toast to him Friday evening: Since news of his death broke through social media, it only makes sense that fellow comedians also took to Twitter to express their feelings about Schimmel’s passing: “Robert Schimmel was one the first people in comedy to call when my folks were fighting cancer. No ego no bs no small talk just inspiration.” — @danecook “I’m so sad about Robert Schimmel dying. I’ve been checking the news for 3 hours hoping it wasn’t true. He was very funny and wonderful.” — @PENNJILLETTE “Robert Schimmel was one of the funniest and nicest guys in comedy.” — @jimmykimmel “F********k. I loved that dude. He was SUCH a nice guy, and f***ing hilarious.” — @joerogan Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: FilmMagic, Sandhi Schimmel Gold