ET has learned that comedy veteran and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson staple David Brenner has passed away after battling cancer. He was 78.
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According to a statement from family spokesperson Jeff Abraham/Jonas Public Relations, "Legendary stand-up comedian and long time Tonight Show favorite, David Brenner, passed away at the age of 78 after a courageous battle with his final dragon, cancer. Brenner died peacefully at his home in NYC surrounded by his family at his side.
David is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three sons, Cole, Wyatt, Slade and his grandson, Wesley. In David's final request he asked that one hundred dollars in small bills be placed in his left sock "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going." His final resting spot will read "If this is supposed to be a joke - then I don't get it!"
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The Philadelphia-born Brenner reportedly held the record for appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at 158, and was known for his observational and impromptu style of comedy.