At the age of 65, hard living and hard partying Richard Pryor has died. He had a heart attack while at the San Fernando Valley Hospital and died this morning at 8 am. He had been suffering from MS and a degenerative nerve disease for some time, so his health was already in a poor state.
Music producer Quincy Jones described Pryor as a true pioneer of his art.Personally, I wasn't overly fond of his stand up routine (too much swearing for me), but the movies with Gene Wilder were funny. Silver Streak was a favorite.
"He was the Charlie Parker of comedy, a master of telling the truth that influenced every comedian that came after him," Jones said in a statement. "The legacy that he leaves will forever be with us."