BREAKING: Law & Order's Richard Belzer dies at 78

"He passed at home early this morning in the south of France —  in his home in the south of France — with his family around him," Scheft, a close friend of Belzer's said to Fox News. 

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Richard Belzer, who played the character of Detective John Munch on NBC's "Law & Order," has died at 78, writer Bill Scheft confirmed on Sunday.

"He passed at home early this morning in the south of France —  in his home in the south of France — with his family around him," Scheft, a close friend of Belzer's said to Fox News



According to the comedy writer, the "Law & Order" star "had lots of health issues, and his last words were, 'F*ck you, motherf*cker.'"

Others in showbusiness poured out their condolences, with "Saturday Night Live" original cast member Laraine Newman posting to Twitter, "I'm so sad to hear of Richard Belzer's passing. I loved this guy so much. He was one of my first friends when I got to New York to do SNL. We used to go out to dinner every week at Sheepshead Bay for lobster. One of the funniest people ever. A master at crowd work. RIP dearest."



Comedian Richard Lewis wrote, "Old pals are disappearing. Belzer passed today. Love to his family. In happier times this is us a few days before selling out Town Hall. We practically started our careers the same moment in NYC. He made me laugh a billion times. RIP Belz."



Actress Marlee Matlin wrote, "Richard Belzer was one of the most kindest and welcoming actors when I guested on two episodes of Law and Order: SVU. His passing is truly a loss for Hollywood and I will miss him dearly. RIP Richard Belzer."

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