Richard Pryor Dies
On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a cardiac arrest in Encino, California.
He was brought to a local hospital after his wife's attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 7:58 AM PST. His widow Jennifer was quoted as saying, "At the end, there was a smile on his face." He was cremated and his ashes were given to friends and family.
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 — December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar, and profane language and racial epithets. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important stand-up comedians: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession"; Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years."