The comedy world has lost a true original this weekend. Iconic stand-up comedian Kevin Meaney has passed away at the age of 60. A veteran of the touring comedy world, the actor was found unresponsive in his home late Friday. No cause of death has been given.
Kevin Meaney's agent confirmed the death to The Hollywood Reporter, which happened in the comedian's hometown of Forestburgh, N.Y. As of now, an autopsy is pending. The comedy world paid tribute today on social media after the news of Meaney's passing started to spread. Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Roseanne Barr and Michael McKean all had great things to say about the man while mourning his loss. Judd Apatow tweeted the following.
"Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing."
Kevin Meaney had clocked in more than 25 years of stage material before his untimely death. He landed his first HBO comedy special way back in 1986. And he has performed his various routines on such high profile shows as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Show With David Letterman, Oprah and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
A stand-up comedian by trade, Meaney also dabbled in acting but never became a household name in terms of film and TV. In 1990, he took over the John Candy role of Buck Russell in a TV adaptation of the hit John Hughes movie Uncle Buck. Before that, he had a memorable role in the Tom Hanks comedy classic Big.
Kevin Meaney was still quite active before his death. He was known for performing various voices on a number of cartoon shows. Most recently he appeared in a 2015 episode of CBS' hit sitcom 2 Broke Girls. His last appearance was on an episode of Hidden America with Jonah Ray that explored the town of Boston. The comedian is survived by his two ex-wives, Mary Ann Halford, whom he divorced in 2008. The couple share one child together. And Leanne Coronel, whom he was only married to for one year in 1995. That marriage ended in annulment.
Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person. https://t.co/EBvDUmNUrr— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 22, 2016
I first discovered Kevin Meaney on Dr. Katz and even as a kid he killed me. He was so memorable, funny, classy and kind. Huge loss. RIP.— Sam Morril (@sammorril) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was a great standup, a terrifically funny actor and a very nice man. RIP— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 22, 2016
https://t.co/j8tay93Ebm— Rosie (@Rosie) October 22, 2016
real life - real love - real loss
from the ding ho to here - i love ya kev
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016
HAIL HAIL A GENIUS HAS VACATED THIS REALM: #RIPKevinMeaney— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious and courageous. A silly, wonderful, man. The best. My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney woke me up to tell me the Shuttle exploded! I started laughing because everything Kevin said he made funny! Even a DISASTER!— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) October 22, 2016