Don Rickles dies aged 90

Legendary US comedian, actor and author Don Rickles has passed away in his Los Angeles home after suffering kidney failure on Thursday (local time).

A statement sent from his representative to Fox News confirmed his death. His wife Barbara was reportedly by his side when he died.

Rickles rose to prominence in the 1960s as a result of his stand-up, and was considered by many to be the king of insult-based comedy - his ability earning him the respect and friendship of the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

He was a frequent guest on several late-night talk shows, and performed at the inaugurations of US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, despite being a committed Democrat.

Rickles won an Emmy Award in 2007 for Mr Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about his comedy career, and also did plenty of acting - most recently as Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story series.

He would have turned 91 on May 8.

A private funeral with his family and close friends will be held in the coming days.

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