Legendary comedian was just found dead in his New York home. He was battling a heartbreaking illness!
He is considered a “pioneer” for gay comedians all over the world. The man who spent his days making his fans laugh, Bob Smith, has died.
Reports share that the gay comedian passed away at 59 years old in his New York home. Apparently he had been having complications from ALS which is what ultimately lead to his heartbreaking death.
If you don’t know about the comedian, he was the first openly gay male comedian to star in his own HBO special. Furthermore, with that he was also the first openly gay comic to perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
You may have also spotted Smith in “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher” in 1998. Meanwhile, he was truly one of a kind and paved the way for gay comedians to come out and be confident in that decision to be open about their sexuality.
On top of being an incredible pioneering comedian, he was an author. Furthermore, his autobiographical essay collection “Openly Bob,” won the LAMBDA Book Award for humor.
He released his last collection of essays, “Treehab: Tales from my Natural Wild Life,” in the middle of his battle with ALS.
According to reports, he only had one functioning hand on an iPad. Smith wrote for the television series “Roseanne” and “MADtv.” Although he was born in Buffalo, New York he moved to New York City to chase after his dream of being a comedian.
Bob is survived by his mother, two brothers, his partner, Michael Zam, and two children. Please keep this family in your prayers during their time of mourning. He was too young to die, and we are all heartbroken to hear about his passing.
RIP, Bob. You were a legend, and you will never be forgotten.