It’s with a heavy heart that I report Richard Belzer has passed away.
The comedian and actor, who is best known for his role as Detective John Munch on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” transitioned to his heavenly home early Sunday morning at his home in Bozouls in southwest France.
Writer Bill Schist, a longtime friend of the actor told The Hollywood Reporter, “He had lots of health issues, and his last words were, ‘F**k you, motherf**ker’”
In addition to acting, Richard Belzer, a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was a stand-up comedian and an author.
Belzer has written several books, including “UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe” and “I Am Not a Cop!“
The official Instagram account for “Law & Order” released the following statement:
Anyone who ever had the pleasure of watching Richard Belzer portray Det. John Munch — whether on ‘Homicide’ or ‘Law & Order: SVU’ – over four decades will never forget how much he inhabited that beloved character to make it his own.
His professionalism, talents and dedication to the craft made him a pillar in the industry, but it was his humor, compassion and loving heart that made him family.
Our condolences go out to his loved ones as we join them in mourning his loss, but also in celebrating his memory.
See the post below.
Richard is currently trending on Twitter as the tributes pour in.
Read a few posts below.
Read his full bio at The Hollywood Reporter.
My sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of Richard Belzer and all who knew and loved him.