LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Beloved actor Fred Willard has died at the age of 86, according to published reports.
Willard died of natural causes, Glenn Schwartz, his representative, confirmed to Rolling Stone.
Willard’s daughter, Hope Mulbarger, told the Associated Press in a statement that her father died peacefully Friday night. The statement read in part:
“He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end,” Mulbarger said. “We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”
Following news of his death, many tweeted their condolences:
How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard’s gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard. Best in Show (7/11) Movie CLIP – Judging the Hounds (2000) HD https://t.co/wPrbk9VjWI via @YouTube
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) May 16, 2020
It was a privilege to have the great Fred Willard know my name. Rest In Peace Fred. You were funny in your bones. pic.twitter.com/PlFTCHFZCK
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) May 16, 2020
Fred Willard was the funniest person that I've ever worked with. He was a sweet, wonderful man.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) May 16, 2020
In honor of the remarkable Fred Willard, name your favorite performance. For me, it’s a toss up. Best in Show vs Waiting for Guffman. And if you have a fave line, post that as well.
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) May 16, 2020
Willard was known for his roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Modern Family,” among many others, including “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show” and “Anchorman.”
CBS Los Angeles had not independently confirmed his death at the time of publication.
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