Comedians Mourn Robert Schimmel Who Died After Car Accident

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The news broke yesterday that comedian Robert Schimmel passed away Friday after being fatally injured in a car accident last week.  

According to ABC news, Schimmel was riding in a car with two of his children when their car swerved to avoid another accident and went off the road. His son and daughter survived the accident.

Schimmel, who appeared on The Howard Stern Show and HBO specials, was known for his self-deprecating humor and jokes about his own health issues (he suffered from a heart attack and overcame cancer).

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He was also well-liked by other comedians who took to Twitter this weekend with an outpouring of love. Here are some of the notable highlights:

Robert Schimmel was one of the funniest and nicest guys in comedy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Acd7Ps4y8c&feature=related — @jimmykimmel

RIP Robert Schimmel. Really funny. Really nice. Really will be missed.- -@JimGaffigan

“I’m happy to say I licked the big C. And I beat cancer.” -Robert Schimmel RIP  –@SarahKSilverman

The world lost a true comedian, one of the greats. He turned his pain into laughs. He was fearless. RIP ROBERT SCHIMMEL –@MARLONWAYANS

Robert Schimmel was one the first people in comedy to call when my folks were fighting cancer. No ego no bs no small talk just inspiration –@danecook

(via Radar Online)

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