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‘Cheers’ and ‘Ray Donovan’ Actor, Jay Thomas Dead Passes Away At 69 After Battle With Cancer

Jay Thomas, known for his work on ‘Cheers,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ and ‘Ray Donovan,’ lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 24. The actor was 69 years old. See his agent’s heartfelt goodbye, here.

Hollywood lost another beloved actor on Aug. 24. Jay Thomas sadly passed away after succumbing to cancer. He was 69 years old, and reportedly surrounded by his wife Sally and his three sons Sam, Max and J.T.when he died, according to New York Daily News. Jay’s good friend and agent Don Buchwald revealed the sad news, saying “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior.”

LeBec alongside Rhea Perlmanon Cheers from 1987 to 1989. The character was famously run over by a Zamboni, which ended his run on the show. However, after that he went on to play his most famous role as Jerry Gold onMurphy Brown from 1989 until 1998 — almost a full decade! Most recently, Jay played Marty Grossman on Ray Donovan from 2013-2015. His talent will certainly be missed. 

Jay was also an annual favorite on the David Letterman Show. He would stop by each year around Christmas to try to knock a meatball off a tree with a football. He did this every year from 1998 until 2014 when David retired. He also had a popular radio show on Sirius XM, where fans came to expect candor and comedy as “jay and his friends talk about entertainment, current events, politics, music, real estate, stain removal and, occasionally, bodily functions.” Rest in peace, Jay!

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