Legendary borscht belt comedian Freddie Roman has died aged 85.
Roman was best known for his Friars Club roasts and was a notable figure in major nightclubs, according to Deadline.
According to his daughter Judi Levin, the 85-year-old died of a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Fla., which happened this morning.
Roman appeared in several television and film projects and was an actor, writer and producer, according to TMZ.
He was also known for his “old” jokes at Las Vegas venues like Caesars Palace and Harrah’s in Atlantic City, which eventually aired his show in many cities across the United States.
Many fans may recognize Roman from his appearances on the Comedy Central roasts for other comedic superstars like Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner and Chevy Chase.
Roman has also guest-starred on popular TV shows like Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Tonight Show and Red Oaks, Deadline reported.
According to IMDb, his film appearances include Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort, The Last Laugh, Bittersweet Place, Christ in the City, Finding North and Sweet Lorraine.
He grew up in New York City and at 15 he got the chance to be a host at a club in the Catskills called the Crystal Spring Hotel, owned by his father and uncle.
This would ultimately foreshadow events in later life, as for years he ran the famous Friars Club in New York City, which has seen many celebrities walk its doors in recent decades.
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Roman continued to act well into his later life, and many on Twitter have started posting tributes to the longtime artist.
The National Comedy Center honored the comedian in a recent post, noting his creation of Catskills on Broadway.
“We are saddened by the passing of comedian Freddie Roman, who was loved for his performances in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Friars Club & Comedy Central Roast. He was a former dean of the Friars Club and created ‘Catskills on Broadway’.” Organization stated.
Another fan said, “Sweet Freddie, another legend gone” in her tweet about his death.
Comedian and legendary roaster JeffRoss even quickly took to Twitter to explain that his first roast joke was about Roman.
“My first Friars Roast joke ever… ‘They call it Freddie Roman because you can hear it in Italy,'” he said.
Roman is survived by Levin and his wife Ethel.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/6775855/freddie-roman-dead-beloved-comedian/ Freddie Roman dead at 85: The popular comedian best known for his hilarious roasts dies at home after suffering a heart attack