NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  Richard Belzer attends The Paley Center For Media Presents: "Homicide: Life On The Street: A Reunion" at The Paley Center for Media on May 24, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Richard Belzer, Comedian And Star Of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Has Died At 78
Richard Belzer, the stand-up comedian, prolific performer, and the man who brought us police detective John Munch, has died at the age of 78. The news originally broke via "Saturday Night Live" original cast alum Laraine Newman, and was later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.
An anonymous friend told the outlet that Belzer died at his home in Bozouls, France, “following a lot of health issues,” and that his last words were “F*** you, motherf***er.” Although Belzer was best known for playing Detective Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and many other shows, he began his career in comedy, and was beloved for his unique sense of humor.
Many took to Twitter to honor their friend and colleague, including “SVU” showrunner Warren Leight and comedian Marc Maron. Belzer seemed to truly have a larger-than-life persona, and he was clearly a passionate man who lived with purpose.