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Comic Actress Judy Tenuta Dies After Battling Brutal Disease


Popular Stand-Up Comic Known as ‘Love Goddess’ Judy Tenuta’s cause of death was revealed by her manager. She died Thursday ( October 6, 2022) at her home in Studio City.

Tenuta’s manager, Roger Paul, confirmed that her cause of death was ovarian cancer. “She was a very funny, amazing performer,” Paul said in a statement, adding how it was always a “happy time to be around her.”

The actress previously said her date of birth was November 7, 1965, though she was actually born in 1949. Paul concluded: “She was old school so she would never tell her real age, but now that she’s gone we can tell her real age.”

Judy Tenuta’s cause of death was revealed by her manager.

Paul also reflected on Tenuta’s life and legacy in a statement, saying; “Much of the rambunctious, zestful character that she portrayed onstage stemmed from her lively personality.”

He added: “Judy was an ardent performer. She was blessed with a uniquely keen wit, a propensity for outlandishness, and the ability to concoct wild worlds of fantasy and fun that gave you permission to explore your own imagination. I have had the joy and privilege of working with Judy well over 20 years, and she never ceased to surprise or amuse.”

“Judy was a rare gem, a true, walking cherry bomb. Depending on her agenda for the day, she could lift your spirits in a whirlwind of laughter or she could drive you bloody mad.

“And then somehow, when you needed it most, she could give you a call and make you feel enamored and understood,” Paul continued. “Perhaps that was Judy’s intention with her comedy all along; to alleviate the stress and the pain from our lives, and introduce us to her special hiding place where we can escape from it all.”

Judy co-starred with comedy actor Bruce Vilanch in the indie “Sister Mary,” and had roles in “Gibsonburg” and Hillary and Haley Duff’s “Material Girls.”

Tenuta’s TV work included appearances in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” “General Hospital,” and “Corey in the House.” She also played minor characters on “The Weird Al Show.

The actress was a regular in Al Yankovic’s comedy shorts and music videos. On stage, Judy appeared in “Menopause the Musical” and “The Vagina Monologues” both in Los Angles and Chicago, and her stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO, and Lifetime.

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Cancer Reported as Judy Tenuta’s Cause of Death

Comedian Judy Tenuta’s cause of death was announced after her death at 72. She passed away after a battle with stage 4 ovarian cancer, publicist Harlan Boll announced.

One of those HBO specials was 1987’s “Women of the Night,” alongside Rita Rudner, Paula Poundstone, and Ellen DeGeneres when Judy first gained nationwide attention.

By the mid-1980s, she had gained notice for a series of TV ads for MTV and Diet Dr. Pepper and moved to LA.

She was an outspoken advocate for gay rights and often performed at gay bars and clubs around Chicago. The star appeared as a grand marshal for numerous gay pride festivals.

Judy became ordained as a minister to officiate same-sex marriages. Tenuta was the first female stand-up comic to be selected as the best female comedian at the American Comedy Awards.

The comedian was a two-time Grammy nominee for best comedy album for “In Goddess We Trust,” and “Attention Butt-Pirates and Lesbetarians!” She also wrote the books “Full Frontal Tenudity” and “The Power of Judyism.”

Tenuta is survived by her partner, Vern Pang, five brothers (John, Steven, Daniel, Thomas, and James), and sister Barbara. She will be buried at Hollywood Forever.

Donations in her memory can be made to St Jude Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, or City of Hope.

Judy Tenuta’s death has come as a shock to family and close friends. Her fans and friends expressed their deepest sadness and many fans also took to Twitter to send their condolences and tributes.

Chris Lavoie tweeted: “Judy Tenuta was an amazing person. Not only was she hysterically funny and genuine friend of the show, she would also take the time every year to send me an email wishing me a happy birthday. She was a spectacular human being. May she rest in peace.”

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