Comedian Richard Jeni Dies

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  1. yesfan

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    Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds and was a regular on the "Tonight Show," died from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide, police said Sunday.

    Police found Jeni alive but gravely injured in a home here after responding to a call Saturday morning from Jeni's girlfriend reporting the comic had shot himself, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

    He died after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

    Eisenman said she could not confirm that Jeni had killed himself and said the investigation was ongoing. She said the female caller told police: "My boyfriend shot himself in the face."

    Jeni, who has appeared on the "The Tonight Show" and acted in the Jim Carrey movie "The Mask," was 45 years old.

    He regularly toured the country with a standup act and starred in several HBO comedy specials, most recently "A Big Steaming Pile of Me" during the cable network's 2005-06 season.

    Another HBO special, "Platypus Man," won a Cable ACE award for best standup comedy special. It formed the basis for his UPN sitcom of the same name, which ran for one season.

    Jeni wrote comic material for the 2005 Academy Awards, hosted by his friend Chris Rock.

    The comedian guest-starred in the TV shows "Everybody Hates Chris," "Married: With Children," and updated versions of the game shows "Hollywood Squares" and "Match Game."

    Jeni became a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" during Johnny Carson's reign and continued to appear after Jay Leno took over as host.

    The Brooklyn-born comic first received national attention in 1990 with the Showtime special "Richard Jeni: Boy From New York City." Two years later, his "Crazy From the Heat" special attracted the highest ratings in Showtime's history.

    Jeni's movie credits included "The Mask," playing Jim Carrey's best friend, "The Aristocrats," "National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off," and "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn."
  2. lane

    lane The Chairman

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  3. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    wow. is there a link to this?

    It is crazy how many people kill themselves everyday.
  4. Crown Royal

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    That's tough to here. I listen to XM Comedy 150 quite often - I can't say I find him particularly funny, but still - that's rough. Best to his family.
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  6. Hostile

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    I did find him funny. Hate to hear this.
  7. Big Dakota

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    The Secret Behind Richard Jeni's Suicide

    On Tuesday the family of late comedian Richard Jeni came forward and revealed he suffered from two secret illnesses: severe clinical depression and psychotic paranoia. The family made the shocking revelation on Jeni’s website, claiming the beloved comedian had been diagnosed earlier this year. Jeni was making breakfast on Saturday morning with his girlfriend when he went to the bathroom and took his own life. Famous friend Chris Rock talked about the passing of Richard on the “David Letterman Show” Monday night. “He was like the least pretentious guy I knew in L.A.,” Rock said. And as Jeni’s family reports, no one saw it coming.

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