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Stars Pay Tribute to Richard Pryor

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Dec 12, 2005 | 10:16am EST

A host of stars have paid tribute to late comedian Richard Pryor, who died on Dec. 10 aged 65.

The funnyman lost his battle with multiple-sclerosis, a disease which robbed him of his ability to walk and, during his final months, his speech.

Famous co-stars, contemporaries and admirers have expressed their sadness and hailed his impressive talent for making people laugh.

Steve Martin, who starred with Pryor in 1979's The Muppet Movie says, "By expressing his heart, anger and joy, Richard Pryor took comedy to its highest form."

Bill Cosby, Pryor's co-star in 1978 film California Suite, adds, "I wish that every new and young comedian would understand what Richard was about and not confuse his genius with his language usage."

Fellow funnyman Damon Wayans says, "There are many different kinds of comedians - the observational humorist, the impressionist, the character creator, the physical comedian, the self-deprecator, and the dirty-joke teller. What made Richard Pryor so brilliant is he was able to incorporate all these styles at once."

And music producer Quincy Jones adds, "He was the Charlie Parker of comedy, a master of telling the truth that influenced every comedian that came after him. The legacy he leaves will forever be with us."

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