Comedian Jackie Mason died at a New York hospital Saturday at the age of 93.
“He died peacefully with several close friends and family at his side,” long-time friend and collaborator Raoul Felder said.
Mason had been hospitalized for two weeks with difficulty breathing, Felder added.
Mason was known for his rapid-fire perplexed observations in a decades-long standup career.
He had a brief career as an amateur boxer and ordained rabbi before getting into comedy.
Mason was a master of the “Borscht Belt” style of standup, leaning heavily on Jewish culture and expressions. In his later years, Mason curated a vlog called “The Ultimate Jew” on his website.
Many younger fans knew Mason best for his long-running association with “The Simpsons.” Mason’s voice appeared in 11 episodes as Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, until his character died on the show in 2014.
Mason is survived by his wife and manager, Jyll Rosenfeld.