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Shock Over Death Of Comedy Legend In Santa Barbara County

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 4:15pm

Fans of comedy everywhere are mourning the loss of legendary comedian Jonathan Winters, who died at his Santa Barbara County home.

He passed away yesterday, from natural causes at his Montecito home.

A former marine, and World War Two veteran, he started his show biz career as a radio DJ, which led to a morning television show, standup comedy, and then a number of comedy albums. Winters was a favorite late night television show guest, appearing frequently with Jack Paar, and then Johnny Carson on the “Tonight” Show.

He appeared in nearly 50 movies, and numerous TV shows, including a starring role with Robin Williams in “Mork & Mindy.”

It was common to see Winters around Montecito, and in Ventura, where he would often launch into improv routines with people he’d meet on the street.

There’s no word yet on memorial plans. Winters was 87 years old.

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