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Legendary comedian Sid Caesar died at age 91 in Los Angeles early on Wednesday.
Family spokesman Eddie Friedfeld told the Associated Press that Caesar died at his home from a brief illness.
"He had not been getting well for a while," Friedfeld said. "He was getting weak."
Caesar, born Sept. 8, 1922, was best known for his innovative comedy sketches on television. In the 1950s, his popular performances on Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour delighted fans. Caesar’s Hour reached over 60 million viewers weekly. Caesar’s popular show lasted until the popularity of Lawrence Welk’s show put Caesar off the air in 1957.
Critics Joel Siegel told AP, "The one great star that television created and who created television was Sid Caesar."
Caesar was recognized as the best of sketch comedians. The son of Jewish immigrants, Caesar enjoyed spouting melting-pot gibberish that parodied German, Russian, French and other languages.
Over the years, Caesar worked with an astounding number of comic writers including, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart, according to Reuters.
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