Just moved over the news wires, no stories up yet:
Richard Pryor, aged 65, apparently died
The skinny kid from Peoria, Illinois was one of the finest comics who ever lived. Rest in peace, Richard.
Update, Sunday morning:
Some very fine remembrances of Richard Pryor in the press this morning, including:
- The New York Times (Mel Watkins)
- The Sunday Times (of London) (Brendan Bourne)
- The Los Angeles Times (Lynell George)
The message forums at Richard's web site are still down; the server must have damn nearly melted under the load.
I used to pop in there from time to time and read a thread or two; Richard's wife (and long-time caregiver after the MS diagnosis) Jennifer Lee was a constant presence on those forums, and the Man Himself turned up there every now and then with a comment (dictated, of course, to Jennifer, as MS had long since robbed him of the fine motor control required to operate a keyboard.)
Wikipedia has temporarily locked their article on Pryor due to repeated vandalism; if you're looking for a biography, the one at Richard's site is quite good.