Legendary comedian Don Rickles has lost his only son.
Larry Rickles, an Emmy Award-winning producer of "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" and the son of comedian Don Rickles, died Saturday, December 3 in Los Angeles of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. He was 41.John Landis directed the documentary, which also earned Don Rickles an Emmy for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program.
Larry Rickles became a staff writer on the CBS hit sitcom "Murphy Brown" in 1997.
The 85-year-old comedian and his wife Barbara were reported as "inconsolable," and that family friend Bob Newhart "dropped everything he was doing, jumped on a plane and rushed to Don and Barbara’s side,” an insider tells The Enquirer.com
Newhart went straight to Don and Barbara’s house from the airport, according to the source.
“He burst into the Rickles’ house and found Don sobbing. Bob just held Don. They didn’t talk for minutes.”
In addition to his father, Rickles is survived by his mother Barbara and his sister Mindy. The family has asked that donations be made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.