Very sad news to pass along today … famed comedian Phyllis Diller passed away today at the age of 95 surrounded by family and friends in her home here in LA. Diller had been dealing with health problems ever since she suffered a heart attack back in 1999 and finally succumbed at the age of 95. The irreverent Phyllis Diller changed the world of comedy forever with her style … not only for women but for all comedians. While it’s extremely sad to learn of her passing, I’m comforted by the fact that she was surrounded by loved ones in her last moments.
Comedian Phyllis Diller — who paved the way for today’s female comics — has died, TMZ has learned. Sources close to Diller tell us the comedian died at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95. We’re told Diller had recently fallen, hurting her wrist and hip, and her health had been on the decline ever since. She had been living in hospice care at her home. Diller suffered a heart attack in 1999 and was later fitted with a pacemaker. Phyllis began her career all the way back in 1952 — and rose to fame with her TV specials alongside Bob Hope in the 1960s. Later that decade, Phyllis starred in her own show called “The Phyllis Diller Show” … as well as a variety show called “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show.” She was also a regular on “Laugh In.” She also posed for Playboy — but the pics were never published. Diller remained spunky to the very end, famously appearing in the 2005 movie “The Aristocrats,” telling an x-rated joke … better than comics half her age. Joan Rivers recently appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” and said, Diller “broke the way for every woman comedian.”
It’s really impossible to quantify the impact that Diller had on the world of comedy. She was wild, madcap and crazy comic and BLESS HER HEART, altho I love her I’m SO glad her Playboy photos never came out ;) It’s very upsetting to learn that Phyllis Diller suffered at the end of her life but the fact that she was surrounded by loved ones at the ripe, ol’ age of 95 is somewhat comforting. She lived a very long, very full and very significant life … one that will be remembered for a very, very long time. Rest well, Phyllis, and thank you for the laughs.