Richard Belzer, a beloved actor and comedian, passed away at the age of 78 on Tuesday. Belzer was best known for his role in the long-running television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU).
The news of Belzer’s death was first announced by Marca English, with Fox News and CNN also confirming the news. Belzer’s last words, which were revealed by Pajiba Entertainment News, were described as “freaking owned”.
Belzer’s career in television and film spanned over four decades. He was best known for his role as Detective John Munch in the Law & Order franchise, which he portrayed for over 20 years. He also appeared in the series Homicide: Life on the Street and The Beat.
Belzer’s friends and colleagues paid tribute to him on social media. Mariska Hargitay, who co-starred with Belzer in SVU, wrote, “Richard Belzer was one of a kind. I had the pleasure of working with him for over a decade. He was an absolute joy to be around.”
Belzer is survived by his wife, Harlee McBride, and his two children. Viewers around the world will miss his wit and charm, and his impact on television will never be forgotten.