Comic actor Fred Willard dies at 86


Comic talent Fred Willard has passed away at 86.

According to the publication, a rep for the late actor confirmed he died of natural causes.

"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old", his daughter Hope announced on Twitter.

She added, "We loved him so very much".

Over an acting career that spanned over 50 years, Willard popped up in a variety of settings- from sitcoms like "Modern Family" to reality TV shows slike "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette", game shows, commercials and even on the soap opera "The Bold and the lovely".

Willard worked steadily in comedic roles for decades before finding notoriety as part of writer/director Christoper Guest's company of impish improv actors, starring in acclaimed mockumentaries This is Spinal Tap!, Waiting for Guffman, The Mighty Wind, and Best in Show.

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"Fred Willard could not have been funnier. We will miss him forever", Mulbarger said.

Fred Willard, a beloved actor who has been making audiences laugh out loud for decades, has died.

"How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts", actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Guest's wife, tweeted. You are now with Mary.

Tributes to Willard poured in on social media. "If you have nothing to say, just start talking". This was very much apparent in his "Anchorman" performances. He will next appear in a recurring role on Netflix's upcoming series Space Force, from Steve Carell and Greg Daniels (of The Office and Parks and Recreation fame).

In a 2006 interview with Tad Friend of New Yorker Magazine, Willard described his understanding on death saying, "If it was up to me, nothing would ever change, no one would ever die". Fred earned 3 Primetime Emmy nominations for his guest work on Everybody Loves Raymond and 1 for Modern Family as well. He is survived by his daughter, Hope and one grandson.