Actor Jay Thomas dies

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New York: Comic actor Jay Thomas, who starred in sit-coms like “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers”, has died. He was 69.

The actor passed away from cancer with his wife Sally and three sons, Sam, Max, and J T , by his side.

In a statement, his agent and friend Don Buchwald told the New York Daily News, “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behaviour.”

In addition to playing Eddie LeBec in “Cheers”, Jay played obnoxious TV talk show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown” from 1989 until 1998, and also had his own sit-com, “Love and War”, from 1992 until 1995.

Most recently, Jay was seen in “Ray Donovan” as Stalker.com owner Marty Grossman.

The popular Texan, whose first TV role was in “Mork & Mindy”, also appeared in the “Santa Claus” movies, and his other big screen credits included “A Smile Like Yours”, “Mr.

Holland’s Opus” and “Labor Pains.”

He was also a regular guest on David Letterman’s talk show during the festive season.

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