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a goodbye

Comedian Don Rickles dies at 90

Legendary insult comedian Don Rickles died of kidney failure Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles, his publicist has confirmed. He was 90 years old.

Rickles, also an actor and best-selling author, was known for his bitingly funny insults lobbed at everyone from A-list celebrities to anonymous audience members. His caustic humor earned him the nicknames "The Merchant of Venom" and "The King of Zing." His two signature phrases, "dummy" and "hockey puck," were tossed out often during his frequent appearances at nightclubs and on late-night talk shows.

He was also the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies. In 2008, he won an Emmy for his performance in an HBO documentary about him entitled Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

Watch one of Rickles' more famous moments — his 1976 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson during which he gave Frank Sinatra a kiss on the lips — below. Becca Stanek