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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dom DeLuise dead, age 75

Reuters / May 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Dom DeLuise, the portly and popular comic actor who starred in movies such as "Blazing Saddles," has died in a Los Angeles hospital at age 75, celebrity TV show "Entertainment Tonight" reported on Tuesday.

The American actor, who co-starred alongside Burt Reynolds in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit II" and "The Cannonball Run," died in his sleep on Monday.ET said it confirmed the death through a family member. DeLuise's New York-based agent was traveling to Los Angeles and unavailable for comment.

"Dom always made everyone feel better when he was around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I will miss him very much," Reynolds told ET.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)


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