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BREAKING 7:30pm 5-29-08 Legendary Comic Icon Harvey Korman Dies at 81 in UCLA Med Center
Friday, May 30, 2008 4:24am

LOS ANGELES, CA From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:  7:30pm 5-29-08  A major actor in the Carol Burnett Show, legendary comedian Harvey Korman died this afternoon at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 81 year old Korman had suffered from complications of the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm over the past four months, CNN reported.

"It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident at all. Everyone in the hospital referred to him as 'miracle man' because of his strong will and ability to bounce right back after several major operations," said Korman's daughter, Kate Korman. "Tragically, after such a hard-fought battle, he passed away."

Korman was a regular on "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1967 through 1978, for which he won Emmy awards in 1969, 1971, 1972 and 1974. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on the series.

The lanky Korman also appeared in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" (as the sneering Hedley Lamarr), "High Anxiety" and "History of the World, Part 1."

He starred in his own short-lived situation comedy, "The Harvey Korman Show," in 1978, in which he portrayed Harvey Kavanaugh opposite Christine Lahti, who played his wife, Maggie.

Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois. His first marriage, to Donna Ehlert in 1960, ended in divorce in 1974. He married Deborah Fritze in 1982. Both marriages produced two children.

Korman landed some sketch work on "The Red Skelton Show" in 1961, followed by a four-year stint on "The Danny Kaye Show," which led to his joining Carol Burnett in 1967.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Korman is survived by three other adult children -- Laura, Maria and Chris -- and three grandchildren.


 


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