We reported that Tim Conway, star of The Carol Burnett Show, had sadly passed away at the age of 85 after suffering from dementia. Many all over the world are mourning the loss of such a wonderful person and comedian in the entertainment industry, but one who was very close to him is now saying her piece.
Carol Burnett has released her official statement to Fox News on the passing of her friend. She says that she is “heartbroken.” The two were very close and he was one of the most popular people on her show, The Carol Burnett Show.
“He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever,” Carol told Fox News after learning of her friend’s death.
Conway won four Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967 to 1978. The ensemble of cast members included Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner. Conway would join the cast as a permanent member in 1975 after being a recurring guest on the show for several seasons.
Conway’s daughter, Kelly Conway, also released a statement on the passing of her father to Fox News.
“It is with the greatest sorrow that my brothers Tim, Patrick, Jamie, Corey, Seann, and I announce that our dad, Tim Conway, has passed away,” she said, “The love he gave us and the laughter he gave the world will never be replaced but will be remembered forever. He is at peace now, but I will miss him every second of every day until we meet again in heaven. We knew he would have to leave us someday, but that day came too soon. I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love, and support over the past year or so.”
Conway’s former publicist and friend Roger Neal says he was “stunned” to learn of his passing. “The guest star roles I had him do, and the press tour for his NY Times bestselling book, and spending time in his home, were truly some of the best times in my 38-year career. He was off screen what the world saw on screen,” he said.
“What a pure joy to have had the privilege of working with one of the true masters of comedy. There will never be another one like him. RIP, my friend.”
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In the video below, relive the memories of Tim Conway on The Carol Burnett Show, where he makes every cast member present break character by telling a hilarious “elephant story”:
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.
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