Jackie Mason, a comedian known for his rapid-fire befuddled observations in decades of standup comedy died at the age of 93.
One long time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder told CNN on Saturday night that Jackie had been hospitalized with breathing problems when he passed away from natural causes
"He died peacefully with several close friends and family at his side," Felder said. Mason had been hospitalized for two weeks with difficulty breathing, Felder said.
Mason was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and grew up on the streets of New York City. When he wasn't knocking out opponents as an amateur boxer or ordained rabbi, Mason made a living performing stand-up comedy for audiences at The Borscht Belt--a region known for producing comedians with Jewish roots like Jerry Seinfeld (who even provided introductions to some of his routines). After running "The Ultimate Jew" video blog where you can watch him give commentary over clips from classic movies such as Fiddler On The Roof, we are now sad that this talented performer has passed away.
Mason loved the attention from fans throughout his career, even when he was at the height of fame.
He would talk to anybody on the street and during performances as a man whose wheels were constantly turning. According to Felder, Mason's persona onstage is no act with phone calls starting "Let me ask you something" that go into hypothetical lawsuits whenever possible- which are not an act according to lawyer Felder.
Mason is best known for his long-running association with "The Simpsons," where he voiced the recurring character of Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty The Clown. His voice appeared in 11 episodes before dying off-screen in 2014.
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