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Shelley Berman Dies: Comedian Was 92

Shelley Berman Dies: Comedian Was 92

Actor Shelley Berman arrives at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees for Outstanding Performance reception in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

By    |   Friday, 01 September 2017 02:34 PM

Comedian Shelley Berman died on Friday morning at age 92.

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor died at his home in Bell Canyon, California, from complications from Alzheimer ’s disease, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

A friend of Berman posted the news on Facebook, stating that the comedian had "slipped away peacefully, in his sleep, with no pain."

News of Berman’s death has left the word in mourning.

Fellow comedian, Richard Lewis, posted a tribute on Twitter, stating that Berman helped to define stand-up comedy.

Berman’s career spans decades and features an extensive list of accolades.

He studied drama at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where he met Sarah Herman, who he married in 1947, according to a biography on shelleyberman.com.

Berman and his wife would travel across the country for several years looking for work while the actor and comic worked on his own solo sketches. His efforts and commitment paid off, leading to regular performances at various night club as well as national television appearances and a recording contract with Verve Records.

This ultimately resulted in Bearman making history after his first comedy album, "Inside Shelley Bearman," became the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award.

Riding on the wave of success, Berman went on to release six other albums, launch a successful acting career and author numerous books, scripts and poems.

His career came to a halt in 2014, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, an illness that he and his family felt important to create awareness about.

Following Berman’s death, a post was published on his website, listing various links of organizations offering information to Alzheimer’s.

"On these pages, you will find coping strategies, clinical trials and studies in which patients may participate, help and support for caregivers, and ways to donate toward research and to bring awareness to the ravages of Alzheimer's," the post read.

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