Comedian King dies

King, born Jerome C. Kattan, passed away on 15 July (10) after a long illness. Further details surrounding his cause of death were not released as WENN went to press.

He was an original member of The Groundlings comedy troupe but was best known for providing the voice of Tailor Smurf in the hit U.S. 1980s animated series The Smurfs.

He also voiced TV characters including Shecky in The Biskitts and Ronald Sandler in Charlie & Company.

Other TV credits included guest appearances on Dragnet, The Bill Cosby Show, Reno 911, Saturday Night Live and Bollywood Hero.

He is survived by his son, comedian Chris Kattan.