Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor, 1940 - 2005
"What about reincarnation? Ah I'll worry about that shit when I get back."
"By telling the truth about his pain, Richard Pryor held a mirror up to society and we were able to see our fears, our beauty, our prejudice, our wretchedness, our hopes, our dreams - all of our contradictions. What other man has no secrets?"
Multiple sclerosis isn't a nice way to go out. It's slow, often painful and very distressing. It can be pretty embarrassing too. But Pryor's family say he was laughing and joking to the end; typical for a man who continued to perform as a 'sit-down' comic when his legs lost their function. Some people remember Richard Pryor for being a seven-times-married junkie who set fire to himself. I prefer to remember him as someone who is directly responsible for the world of comedy as we know it today. A funny, resilient motherfucker.
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