Barry Crimmins
The comedy world reacts to the death of Barry Crimmins. Photo by Getty Images

The comedy world is in mourning following the news of Barry Crimmins's death.

According to a post by his wife Helen, the late icon of Boston's early stand-up scene, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, passed away on Wednesday. Helen has also been fighting stage four non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Crimmins' wife revealed on Twitter Thursday morning that Crimmins "passed peacefully" with her and fellow comic Bobcat Goldthwait by his side. Goldthwait directed the 2015 documentary "Call Me Lucky," which starred Crimmins. 

"Helen here with sad news...Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I," she tweeted via Crimmins' account. "He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace."


A number of stars took to social media on Thursday to pay their respects to the late legend, including Judd Apatow, Dana Gould and Marc Maron.

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