Famed comedian Rodney Dangerfield passed away on Oct. 5, 2004. He was 82. The "I don't get no respect" funnyman had fallen into a coma after undergoing heart surgery on Aug. 25. His publicist said in a statement that Dangerfield suffered a small stroke after the operation and developed infectious and abdominal complications. But in the past week he had emerged from the coma.
"When Rodney emerged, he kissed me, squeezed my hand and smiled for his doctors," Dangerfield's wife, Joan, said in the statement.
For the animation industry, Dangerfield provided several voice performances, including the starring role on ROVER DANGERFIELD in 1991. He also lent his distinctive vocalings to the role of Rat-A-Tat-Tat in TVs THE ELECTRIC PIPER.
In addition to his wife, the comic is survived by two children from a previous marriage.