i ain't dead yet, muther fucka!
RIP Richard. It's difficult, but we are listening and laughin' right now.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Richard Pryor, the groundbreaking comedian whose profanely personal insights into race relations and modern life made him one of Hollywood's biggest black stars, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 65.
Pryor died shortly before 8 a.m. after being taken to a hospital from his home in the San Fernando Valley, said his business manager, Karen Finch. He had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system.
Recognition came in 1998 from an unlikely source: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington gave Pryor the first Mark Twain Prize for humor. He said in a statement that he was proud that, ''like Mark Twain, I have been able to use humor to lessen people's hatred.''
Check out the full NY Times biography.
Who wants just one routine? Here is our fav Pryor album, the 1974 Stax LP, recorded live at Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train nightclub in San Francisco. "Black And White Lifestyles" still makes me laugh till tears...
Richard Pryor - That Nigger's Crazy