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Death of Dangerfield

Last updated: 2004-10-06

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

American Jewish comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who rose to fame on his trademark line "I don't get no respect," died in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday at the age of 82.

Mr Dangerfield had been suffering from complications after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in August.

Born Jacob Cohen in 1921, Mr. Dangerfield began his comedy career under the name Jack Roy, but did not get his first big break until well into his 40s, after he changed his name. He made dozens of appearances on TV shows such as The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Mr Dangerfield became a movie star in such films as Caddyshack, Little Nicky and Back to School and also owned his own Dangerfield's comedy club in New York.

He leaves behind a wife and two children from a previous marriage.

Story supplied by: VOAnews