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Ugh. Horrible, horrible story to report. Stand-up comedian Richard Jeni has died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. He was 45. Police responded to his home after receiving a call from Jeni's girlfriend where she told them Jeni had "shot himself in the face." When they arrived, Jeni reportedly was still alive, but "gravely injured." Sadly, he was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital. At this point, police cannot confirm that it was a suicide and an investigation is on-going. Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Jamie Masada, friend of Jeni's and owner of the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles told them that Jeni's girlfriend was making breakfast for Jeni when he reportedly went into the shower and shot himself. Good Lord.

You may remember Jeni from his several HBO stand-up specials, Tonight Show appearances and various television & movie work over the years. No further details are currently available as to how/why this could have happened, but no matter what, it's never a nice story to hear.
Source: Contra Costa Times , ETonline


Blogger Jason said...

Very sad...

12:56 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard was the best, I saw him many many times and he made me laught to the point of tears every time. He will be greatly missed....

2:05 PM, March 11, 2007  
Blogger chantistar said...

very sad. i have seen his face everywhere just can't think where, but it's been so many places; movies, television, tv shows. poor fella. i hope he is at peace from whatever lead him to such a dreadful decision. it is sad people feel so lonely and depressed that they kill themselves.

4:48 PM, March 11, 2007  
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5:41 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous B :) said...

You are missed,RIP.

8:48 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Immense talent.

Assuming the first reports are correct, it's worth noting that it's extremely rare -- and I mean EXTREMELY rare -- for someone to commit suicide by shooting themself in the face. Mouth, neck, head ... yes. Straight in the face? If I were the cops my eyebrows would be on the ceiling.

10:53 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems odd to me that I feel so sad about someone I never met But who entertained me and made me laugh and think at the same time.
I just assumed that a person whose job it is to make people laugh would be happy too. Sadly in Richards case it was not so......
Rest in peace Richard Jeni
Your legacy will live on to make us laugh once again.

10:59 PM, March 11, 2007  

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