Friday, April 13, 2007

Dead Addict Of The Day

Today's dead addict still comes from the letter B family--Lenny Bruce. Here's the quote from Wikipedia on his death, featuring everyone's favorits junky fetish object, a syringe:

On August 3, 1966, Bruce was found dead at the age of 40 in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home at 8825 Hollywood Boulevard. A syringe and burned bottle cap were found nearby, along with various other narcotics paraphernalia. His official cause of death was acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose.[1]

He was interred in Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California, but an unconventional memorial on August 21 was controversial enough to keep his name in the spotlight. The service saw over 500 people pay their respects, led by legendary record producer Phil Spector. Cemetery officials had tried to block the ceremony after ads for the event encouraged attendees to bring box lunches and noisemakers. Dick Schaap famously eulogized Bruce in Playboy, with the memorable last line: "One last four-letter word for Lenny: Dead. At forty. That's obscene."

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Kitty Bruce, who resides in Pennsylvania as of the 2000s. In the 1970s, Kitty Bruce was romantically involved with the late comedian Freddie Prinze. His former wife, Honey Harlow Friedman, lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, until her death on September 12, 2005. His mother, Sally Marr, a comedienne and talent agent, died on December 14, 1997, in Los Angeles, California, at age 91.

Here's a video of the legendary comedian live in 1965.

I'm sorry, folks. After tonight's scene, I'm all spent for witty commentary. Lenny Bruce was a great comedian. Like me, he cussed a lot and was often in trouble for the things he said.

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