Celebrities are mourning Kevin Meaney, who died on Friday at age 60. See stars’ tributes and reaction tweets below.
Meaney was a beloved stand-up comedian with a decades-long career that included comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central. He had multiple gigs on “The Tonight Show,” appeared in Big, and held the title role in the sitcom version of “Uncle Buck.” Other credits range from “Garfield and Friends” to “2 Broke Girls,” as well as Hairspray on Broadway.
Meaney was found unresponsive in his New York home, but no cause of death has been announced. His unexpected passing is now sending shockwaves through the Hollywood comedy community. Kathy Griffin tweeted, “I adored Kevin Meaney. He took me 2 Dodger games. Aspen comfest. We dated (I know, I know) He was the funniest AND sweetest. We LAUGHED! RIP.” Steve Carell posted old footage of Meaney, writing, “R.I.P. Kevin Meaney.”
Rosie O’Donnell also shared video of one of Meaney’s acts, tweeting, “real life – real love – real loss. from the ding ho to here – i love ya kev.” Patton Oswalt commented, “Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.” Bob Saget said, “Kevin Meaney. So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss. Rest In Peace dear Kevin.”
“Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person,” posted Judd Apatow. Roseanne announced, “HAIL HAIL A GENIUS HAS VACATED THIS REALM.” Michael McKean expressed, “Kevin Meaney was a great standup, a terrifically funny actor and a very nice man. RIP.”
Nick Swardson admitted, “At a loss for words for another great comedian gone. A sweet man and a legend. Kevin Meaney. Unreal. We hold you. We love you. RIP.” Martha Plimpton, who also shared a YouTube clip, wrote, “Rest in peace, you marvelous loon. Hilarious.” Craig Robinson tweeted, “‘You’re like a crazy person.’ R.I.P. Kevin Meaney.”
“Kevin Meaney was on our show and the loveliest man,” tweeted Kat Dennings. “So funny and sweet and unforgettable. So sad. Rest In Peace.” Chris Harwick posted, “RIP Kevin Meaney who had such a hilariously original comedy voice at a time when that was damn near impossible.” Paula Pell simply said, “Rest In Peace, hilarious @kevinmeaney.”
Julie Klausner remarked, “Kevin Meaney was brilliantly funny, and he died out of the closet, living his truth. RIP to a hilarious mensch with integrity and courage.” Lizz Winstead revealed, “Kevin was my friend, my ex and a brilliant talent. Im heartbroken at the loss of one of the best, kindest people I ever knew. #KevinMeaney.” David Cross expressed, “R.I.P. Kevin Meaney. A true, and rare, comedy legend. And one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet as well.”
“RIP Kevin Meaney. What a joy it was to watch you destroy an audience. Your fun was contagious,” tweeted Jim Gaffigan. Paula Poundstone stated, “Dear kevin meaney, You made me love you.” Jon Lovitz shared, “In 1985, Dennis Miller said I could be a standup like Kevin Meany. Took me to see him. God, he was hilarious! Such a nice guy. So sad. RIP.”
Dave Coulier wrote, “Another genius leaves our world too soon. RIP Kevin Meaney. SO DAMN FUNNY!” Mike Birbiglia posted, “Sad, sad news about Kevin Meaney. I was lucky enough to work with him a few times. He was always sweet and brilliantly funny. A great loss.” Paul F. Thompkins tweeted, “Always & forever. Good night, Kevin.” Colin Hanks said, “Dang. Loved Kevin Meaney. That man made me laugh.” John Fugelsang noted, “Kevin Meaney is proof that a man can be that talented and that kind at the same time.”
“Oh Kevin Meaney. One of the kindest, funniest, thoughtful people I have ever gotten to know. You will be very missed. You are very loved,” said Andrew Rannells. Billy Eichner confessed, “I didn’t know Kevin Meaney but I remember watching his stand up all the time as a kid. RIP.” Marc Maron stated, “RIP Kevin Meaney. Relentlessly funny. One of kind.”
Rob Schneider recalled, “Kevin Meaney woke me up to tell me the Shuttle exploded! I started laughing because everything Kevin said he made funny! Even a DISASTER!” And on Instagram, Lance Bass wrote, “I’m devastated about the loss of one of my favorite human beings! #KevinMeaney was an incredible dad and one hell of a comedian! Thanks for the laughs my friend. #HairsprayFamily.”
Meaney is survived by his daughter. Gossip Cop offers condolences to all of his family, friends, and fans.
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