David Brenner Dies; Comedian, Tonight Show Staple Was 78

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Comedian David Brenner, a comedian and regular on The Tonight Show, has died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said. He was 78.

Brenner was a staple on Johnny Carson's late-night TV show, appearing 158 times (more than any other guest) according to a bio on his official site.

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He also helped write, produce and direct 115 TV documentaries, earning him nearly 30 awards, and was the author of five books over the years.

Even in death, Brenner kept the jokes coming - a tough feat.

His final request, according to spokesman Jeff Abraham, was to have $100 in small bills tucked in his sock, "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going."

His grave site will also read: "If this is supposed to be a joke ... then I don't get it!" That's pretty great. Comedian Joan Rivers, a longtime friend, Tweeted:

"RIP David Brenner. I adored him, and laughed more with him than anybody. Sad, sad, sad. Knowing David, he's now making the devil laugh."

Brenner is survived by his wife, three sons and a grandson.