American comedian, actor, writer and lecturer Shelley Berman died on September 1 at 92.
According to Variety, Berman’s publicist confirmed the sad news as he died at home because of Alzheimer Disease’s complications on Friday morning.
Cutting a figure and demonstrating excellent acting talents during the 1950s and 1960s, Berman was a legendary character in American comedian history. His live record “Inside Shelley Berman” in 1959 sold more than 500,000 pieces, which won a Grammy Award as the first non-musical record. Other two included “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman” were also certified gold.
He stood on the stage of “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and appeared on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” from 2002 to 2009, during which he was nominated an Emmy Award in 2008. After 2014, he retired and quit full-time performing.
The introduction of his book in 2013 writes “To Laughter With Questions,” “I have always written. As a kid growing up in Chicago, I wrote stories for my own amusement. Along the way, I read and appreciated poetry, but never really tied my hand at writing it until late in my ‘other’ career, teaching writing in USC’s master of professional writing program.”
The official Facebook fan group announced the news along with a Berman’s photo by Christopher Bay:
Shelley passed away this morning at 1:24 a.m., at his home in Bell Canyon, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 92 years old. He slipped away peacefully, in his sleep, with no pain, as far as his hospice care workers could tell.
Right now, I’m a bit of a wreck, having spent much of the last couple of hours crying, pacing, being unable to concentrate, and, frankly, being conflicted as to how I should feel about all of this. I will have more to say in this group in the days ahead, but Sarah (who I just spoke to) wanted me to let all of Shelley’s Facebook fans know about Shelley’s passing. Sarah loves the fact that Shelley has so many devoted followers on social media.
There will be a private service for family and close friends, followed by a public memorial. I will provide details as they are finalized.
I’m going to leave it here for now, and I want all of you to please enjoy one of my favorite photos of Shelley, taken in Palm Beach, Florida, in the early ’60s — a star in his dressing room before showtime!
I love you, Shelley.