Sid Caesar, comedy legend, dies at 91

sid-caesar-obituary-dead-91-gi.jpgOne of the first-ever television stars, Sid Caesar, died Wednesday (Feb. 12) at age 91. Caesar's longtime friend Carl Reiner confirmed the death to Reuters, saying that the comedian had been ill for a year.

Caesar's groundbreaking series "Your Show of Shows" began in 1950, airing 90 minutes of live sketch comedy 39 weeks every year, paving the way for shows like "Saturday Night Live" to thrive today.

The show's name later changed to "Caesar's Hour," and ran until the late 1950s, winning Caesar two Emmys in the process. He then worked on Broadway, in comedy clubs and in films -- including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Grease" (Coach Calhoun!) and "Silent Movie," Variety recounts.

Caesar's friend Larry King was one of the first to report the news, tweeting his condolences. "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him," King writes.

Watch a classic Caesar moment below:

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