Bob Einstein has died at the age of 76 after being diagnosed with cancer.
The Emmy Award winning star was best known for starring in US sitcoms Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development.
News of Einstein’s death was announced by his brother Albert Brooks, who described him as a "great brother, father and husband" and a "brilliantly funny man".
"You will be missed forever," said Albert.
Curb Your Enthuasim creator co-star Larry David said ‘there was no one like him.’
"It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock."
While Richard Lewis, who also starred in the comedy series, wrote on Twitter: "I knew him forever. His long career is hard to match. His role on the show was excruciatingly brilliant.
"Our cast and crew will be devastated. He was so loved. He told me how much he loved Larry David and Curb. RIP buddy."
Einstein started his career writing for The Sonny and Cher comedy Hour before creating the character Super Dave Osbourne and appearing on Jonny Carson and David Letterman’s late-night shows.
He went on to win two Emmy Awards for writing and was nominated four other times.
Einstein also starred in Ocean’s Thirteen as Matt Damon’s father.
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