Watch Jimmy Kimmel Pay Tearful Tribute To His Friend And Frequent Guest Don Rickles

"I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was."

Legendary comedian Don Rickles passed away on Thursday at 90 years old. He had been a frequent guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Kimmel took time during his show last night to pay tribute to his friend, whose loss brought him to tears in front of his audience.

"I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was," Kimmel said, "because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous." He noted that, although Rickles' nickname "Mr. Warmth" was an ironic nod to his biting comedy, it was an accurate label in his personal life.


Kimmel shared stories about their tradition of going to dinner together after the show, and he also read some personal letters Rickles sent him. There was even one note referencing Kimmel's recent gig as host of the Oscars

"You were on camera too much," Rickles told him. "All in all, it was okay. We love you, so don't worry."

Kimmel offered his condolences to Rickles' wife Barbara and his daughter Mindy. He called Rickles "the greatest talk show guest of all time" and shared a montage of the comedian's appearances on his show, which ended with a link to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where Rickles and his wife created a fund in memory of their son Larry.

Watch Kimmel's emotional tribute in the video below:

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