Legendary Comic Don Rickles Died At Age 90

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has died at the age of 90.

The man who made insult comedy an institution passed away of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to his publicist(RELATED: CLASSIC VIDEO: Watch Don Rickles roast President Reagan)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: (L-R) Actor John Stamos, Don Rickles and Kathy Griffin attend The Friars Foundation Annual Applause Award Gala honoring Don Rickles at The Waldorf=Astoria on June 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 24: (L-R) Actor John Stamos, Don Rickles and Kathy Griffin attend The Friars Foundation Annual Applause Award Gala honoring Don Rickles at The Waldorf=Astoria on June 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

No one was safe from Rickles comedic jabs. He famously went after music legend Frank Sinatra back in 1957 when he walked into a club in Hollywood where Rickles was performing.

“Make yourself at home, Frank,” Rickles said from the stage. “Hit somebody.” The singer reportedly loved it and laughed loudly.

With Sinatra’s help, he performed at Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural ball, and of course did not hold back.

“Am I going too fast for you, Ronnie?” Rickles asked the former president in what Rickles called one of his most memorable moments.

Rickles is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Barbara Sklar. The couple had two children, Mindy and Larry, who died in 2011 at the age of 41. He is also survived by his son-in-law and his two grandchildren.

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