View Full Version : Early word is that Richard Pryor died this morning.

12-10-2005, 12:08 PM
His site's down now because it got posted on FARK, but prior to that this is what the forum's admin posted:

Iconic comic genius, Richard Pryor is dead today at 8:65 after a 19 year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor, on December 1, 1940 the multi-talented star was pronounced dead of a cardiac arrest at 8:00 am at a hospital near his home.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer Lee Pryor and his six children; Richard Junior, Elizabeth Storder, Rain Kindlin, Kelsey, Steven and Franklin Mason, and his three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private with a memorial service by invitation.


Assuming the 8:65 is a typo, and it's the admin from the forum from his official site. Wires haven't picked it up but it doesn't look good.

Sure hope it's fake.

12-10-2005, 12:20 PM

12-10-2005, 12:21 PM
Yep just hit the AP.

R.I.P. to the best of the stand-ups.

12-10-2005, 12:25 PM
RIP, his life has been such a struggle for the past few years. Really sad. Always watched his stuff when I was a kid.

12-10-2005, 12:27 PM

12-10-2005, 12:31 PM

12-10-2005, 12:44 PM

Remember when he had a saturday morning show in the early 80's where some kid played "little richie pryor" in little morality tales? It was like atonement for all the crazy coke-addled behavior in the 70's.. The real Richard Pryor always looked so sad on that show.

12-10-2005, 12:51 PM
Wow. Watched Stir Crazy a little while back. RIP to a comic genius.

12-10-2005, 12:54 PM

12-10-2005, 12:57 PM

He was in bad shape.

12-10-2005, 01:20 PM
For google's cache of Richard Prior .com pages


I really want a richard pryor shirt. A funny one, though...

Listen to or see one of his albums/movies today, and have a mutha fuckin' laugh!!

12-10-2005, 01:38 PM
ah, shit. just posted this in the big show. heard about it on the radio while out on the road this afternoon. 40 on the curb for a true fucking legend.

12-10-2005, 02:10 PM
Damn... Fuck. To one of the most brilliant standups of all time, and probably the most influential one of the past 50 years. I remember one bit he did about being trapped in a room full of mobsters.

You'll be missed, Richard.

Jook Sing Vegas
12-10-2005, 02:23 PM

Dr Jesus
12-10-2005, 02:36 PM
too bad.

12-10-2005, 04:09 PM
"I'm gonna miss you, old chum."

12-10-2005, 04:16 PM
thank you RP

Salami Swami
12-10-2005, 04:17 PM
Aw,man. Didn't see this thread, posted in the other one.
I agree, G.O.A.T. as far as standup comedy, hands down.
Pouring one out tonight for Mudbone!

12-10-2005, 05:26 PM
I heard he wasn't a very nice person to family, friends, or fans and was a self obsessed dickhead who even his kids are in life long therapy because of. He certainly paved the way for the black comedian, many of whom have ripped off his act and do it better (think early eddie murphey stand up specials, chris rock, etc) but he certainly didn't create in your face, tell it like it is comedy. I always saw him as a watered down, black version of lenny bruce. As far as his films go they were all pure shit. At best they were tolerable, middle of the road films.

12-10-2005, 05:39 PM
who is the shogun of harlem............SHO' NUUUUFF!!!!1

12-10-2005, 11:38 PM
Brewster's Millions and The Toy were memorable movies in my childhood.


randall fairbrook
12-11-2005, 12:00 AM
oh rest nicely

12-11-2005, 07:50 AM
i've been listening to his cd's all today in his honour. his material is still brilliant. there's no way chris rock comes even close richard pryor, imo.

12-11-2005, 08:30 AM

12-11-2005, 04:16 PM
Bye Rich, RIP

Margin Walker
12-12-2005, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by shawgirl74
RIP, his life has been such a struggle for the past few years. Really sad.
Yeah, he looked like he was at death's door in "Lost Highway." It's particularly sad because most of his stand-up (& The Richard Pryor Show) is only now coming out on DVD. Hopefully he'll be more fondly remembered for "Wattstax" instead of "Superman III."

S.T.W.W. R.I.P.

12-12-2005, 01:50 PM
long live, "DADDY RICH!"

randall fairbrook
08-01-2006, 04:27 AM

08-01-2006, 08:06 AM
Did everyone forget he had a kids show "Pryors place?" with little puppets and shit?
I liked a lot of what he had to say, in a wierd way. It represents a different time, one where I was about 4, and did not understand what was so funny about him. Racy and fun later in life his comedy haunts me in a way. Living with a black woman, and listening to her friends talk I realize he influenced them a great deal, and they dont even realize it, too young or too something.
I love Harlem Nights to this day. Good or not, I liked his stuff. He seemed more thoughtful later in his career. I still remember the lit match joke. I always thought about my best friend from elementary school whenever I watched any of his Pryor/Wilder films. I always ran with the brothers, even back then. The man went through a lot, and it was one of the first times we could watch someone go through a LOT of public struggles. He holds a strange place in my heart.
R.I.P. Mr Pryor.

08-01-2006, 08:34 AM
"Are you in show business?"


"then you get your foot off the stage, nigger."