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Comedy legend Carl Reiner, of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Jerk,' dies at 98

Comedy legend Carl Reiner, one of the earliest stars of television who made an indelible mark on the small screen, Broadway and film, has died at 98, loved ones said Tuesday. 

Reiner was inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in 1999, and before that had taken home multiple Emmys, primarily for his work on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Caesar's Hour."

His last win was in 1995 for outstanding guest actor in a comedy, on NBC's "Mad About You."

"Last night my dad passed away," his son and fellow comedy giant, Rob Reiner, said in a statement Tuesday. "As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light."

Reiner died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California, his assistant, Judy Nagy, said.

The comedy icon might have known he was in failing health Saturday, when he tweeted fondly about his life.

“Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I lived the best life possible,” he wrote. He gave thanks to his late “gifted” wife, Estelle, and their three children.

Dick Van Dyke on Tuesday posted a recent photo of him and his old friend on Instagram, calling Reiner a "100% pure mensch."

"We love you so much," Van Dyke added.

Reiner was a star of early TV with material that will likely still be funny 2,000 years from now. His bestselling album, "2,000 Year Old Man,", was based on his comedy routine with Mel Brooks.

Condolences to the family of Carl Reiner,” “Star Trek” icon William Shatner wrote Tuesday. ”From the writers room of Sid Caesar to recreating those times for the Dick Van Dyke show, Carl was a master at his craft.”

Not only was Reiner one of the latter 20th century’s great comedic minds, he also helped other comics. 

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