Respectfully, Rodney Dangerfield Dies at 82

Rodney Dangerfield, the sad sack, goggle-eyed comic who made himself the butt of his jokes, died Tuesday at the UCLA Medical Center, where he had undergone heart valve replacement surgery on Aug. 25, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said.

Wife: Rodney Dangerfield in a Coma

REVISED: Despite earlier reports that he was receiving such hospital visitors as Jay Leno and Adam Sandler, comedian Rodney Dangerfield, 82, slipped into a coma while recovering from heart surgery in recent weeks but “is starting to show signs of awareness,” his wife Joan said Monday. The comedian has been able to breathe on his own for the past 24 hours, she said, adding that Dangerfield remains in stable condition overall. Reuters quotes her as saying: “Our family remains optimistic that Rodney will make a complete recovery.”

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Dangerfield Hospitalized

Rodney Dangerfield was hospitalized in Las Vegas on Thursday, a day after he successfully finished a six-night gig at the MGM Grand. The comic, 78, is in stable condition, officials at Sunrise Hospital told the Associated Press. No further details were available. Let’s hope Rodney gets well soon – and gets respect from the doctors and nurses.

Dangerfield's Operation

Rodney Dangerfield’s mystery medical condition, which has caused his week-long hospitalization, has been revealed. The comic, 78, who complained of chest pains last week following a stand-up engagement, underwent double bypass heart surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday, his business manager, Charles Sussman, told the Associated Press. Dangerfield is making a good recovery, Sussman added. He also stressed that Dangerfield did not suffer a heart attack and could be going home by the weekend.