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Stand-up Comedian Richard Belzer’s Cause of Death Revealed


A stand-up comedian who came to fame for playing cynical “Law & Order” detective John Munch, Richard Belzer’s cause of death was revealed after he passed away at the age of 78, on Sunday (February 18, 2023).

May he rest in peace; we send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, family, friends, and fans during this tragic period.

His pal and writer Bill Scheft confirmed the sad news in a statement, announcing that Belzer took his last breath on Sunday at his home in Bozouls in southern France.

The comedian Laraine Newman first announced Belzer’s death on Twitter. The actor Henry Winkler, Belzer’s cousin, wrote: “Rest in peace, Richard.”

The actor was famous for his role as the grizzled and wise-cracking Munch, appearing on multiple shows, including “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and had cameos in other shows such as “The X Files.”

Belzer portrayed Munch for 23 years, beginning in 1993 and ending in 2016 when he retired from acting. He also appeared as Munch in shows as far-ranging as “The Wire” and “Arrested Development.”

Scheft, an ex “Late Show with David Letterman writer,” said before he passed away, “Belzer had lots of health issues, and his last words were, ‘F–k you, motherf–er.’”

“So it’s doubly flattering to me to see me depicted in a script and that I’m so recognizable and lovable as the sarcastic detective and smart-ass. Much to my delight, because he is a great character for me to play, it’s fun for me. So I’m not upset about typecasting at all,” he added.

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Richard Belzer’s Cause of Death Related to An Illness

Richard Belzer’s cause of death was related to an illness, according to unconfirmed sources.

Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but do not forget that family privacy should be respected.

In a different interview, Belzer said Munch’s character is “very close to how I would be” if he were a detective, although he said he’d never be one.

“They write to all of my paranoia, anti-establishment dissonance, and conspiracy theories, so it’s a lot of fun for me. It’s like a dream, actually,” he said.

Belzer himself was a known conspiracy theorist, writing books that touched on the JFK assassination, UFOs, and the death of Elvis Presley.

Though applauded for his humor, Belzer’s life was plagued by tragedy.

Born in 1944, he grew up with an abusive mother in Connecticut, who died of cancer in 1964. His more mild-mannered father attempted suicide three years later, but Belzer found and saved him. The following year, his father died by suicide. His brother also died by suicide in 2014.

Belzer used his own tragedies for comedic relief: His bout with testicular cancer in 1983 inspired the 1997 HBO comedy special “Another Lone Nut.”

Laraine Newman, an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” tweeted that she was “so sad” to hear of his death.

“I loved this guy so much. He was one of my first friends when I got to New York to do SNL,” she wrote. “We used to go out to dinner every week at Sheepshead Bay for lobster. One of the funniest people ever. A master at crowd work. RIP dearest.”

Comedian Jeff Ross posted online that Belzer “was always the coolest cat in the room.”

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