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Larry David Pays Poignant Tribute To 'Curb' Costar Richard Lewis After His Sudden Death At 76

David released a statement honoring his friend and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' costar Richard Lewis after his sudden death from a heart attack on Tuesday night at the age of 76.

Richard Lewis and Larry David
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In a statement shared by HBO on Wednesday, Larry David paid a poignant tribute to his longtime friend and Curb Your Enthusiasm costar Richard Lewis, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 76.

Lewis' run on Curb began with the 2000 pilot and continued over the course of 40 plus episodes. In 2021, Lewis underwent three surgeries and announced he would not return to the show as he focused on recovering.

However, he did eventually make an additional one-scene appearance and then returned again for Season 12.

In his statement, David remembered Lewis, who "was like a brother" to him throughout his life.

“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me."
“He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

People on social media were heartbroken over the news, and sent their condolences to David.

HBO also released a statement after learning of Lewis' passing.

"We are heartbroken to learn that Richard Lewis has passed away. His comedic brilliance, wit and talent were unmatched."
"Richard will always be a cherished member of the HBO and Curb Your Enthusiasm families. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and all the fans who could count on Richard to brighten their days with laughter."

Other celebrities and close friends of Lewis honored him, as well.

His former Anything but Love costar Jamie Lee Curtis took to Instagram to pay tribute to Lewis, who she said is the reason she is sober.

“Richard’s last text to me, was hoping that I could convince ABC/Disney to put out another boxed set of episodes of the show."
“He also is the reason I am sober. He helped me. I am forever grateful for him for that act of grace alone."
"He found love with Joyce and that, of course, besides his sobriety, is what mattered most to him. I’m weeping as I write this."
"Strange way of saying thank you to a sweet and funny man. Rest in laughter, Richard. My Marty, I love you, Hannah!”

Jon Stewart, Paul Feig, Albert Brooks and Cheryl Hines were among the many other celebrities and pals sharing their heartbreak and love for the comedian.

Absolutely heartbreaking. Sending our condolences to all of his loved ones.