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October 06, 2004

RIP Rodney Dangerfield

Comic legend Rodney Dangerfield has died.

His publicist says Dangerfield died at a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday. He had been in the hospital since an Aug. 25 operation to replace a heart valve.

After the surgery six weeks agao, Dangerfield had a small stroke and developed an infection along with abdominal complications -- and slipped into a coma. But in the past week he had emerged from the coma. His wife, Joan, said, "When Rodney emerged, he kissed me, squeezed my hand and smiled for his doctors."

Dangerfield rose to stardom in clubs, television and movies with his self-deprecating humor. He made his famous lament "I don't get no respect" a catchphrase.

I respect you, Rodney. Rest in peace.

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