10:53 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/12/2013 01:30PM
Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes Thursday night. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Montecito, Calif., the Associated Press reports. He was 87.
Tweeted Steve Martin on Friday: "Goodbye, Jonath[a]n Winters. You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats."
Originally posted 01/27/2004 9:45AM
Jack Paar, 85, who put NBC's "Tonight Show" on the map in the 1950s only to remove himself from the air -- and the limelight -- in the mid-'60s, died at his Greenwich, Conn., home on Tuesday after a long illness, Stephen Wells, Paar's son-in-law, tells the Associated Press.
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