Standup Comic Robert Schimmel Dies After Car Crash

Standup comic Robert Schimmel, 60, has died after suffering serious injuries in a car accident that happened on August 26. He was a passenger in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter Aliyah.

According to Schimmel’s spokesman, Howard Bragman, Robert Schimmel died Friday evening in a Phoenix hospital. Aliyah, on the other hand, is still in the hospital in stable condition.

Bragman said Aliyah swerved to avoid another car and the vehicle she was driving rolled to the side of the freeway.

Robert Schimmel lived in Scottsdale. The comedian has been a frequent guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and on Howard Stern’s radio show. He wrote a memoir in 2008 entitled, “Cancer on $5 a Day,” chronicling his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

His website says Schimmel recently had a Showtime special called “Life Since Then” and was integrating his personal experiences with comedy to not only make audiences laugh but raise cancer awareness and hope.

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