Everyone loved Detective John Munch on “Law & Order.” He graced our screens for several decades and was adored by fans all across the country.
Now, at the news of his death, fans all around the world are mourning this heartbreaking loss. Keep reading to learn more about Belzer’s last days…
“He passed at home early this morning in the south of Fr ance — in his home in the south of France — with his family around him,” writer Bill Scheft, an old friend of the late actor confirmed to the media.
“He had lots of health issues, and his last words were, ‘F— you, motherf—er,’” Scheft told the media.
Belzer had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1983. His diagnosis and treatment ultimately inspired his 1997 HBO comedy special “Another Lone Nut.”
In 1985, an incident occurred on Belzer’s talk show. Professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan put Belzer in a chokehold which caused him to pass out and hit his head on the studio floor. Belzer sued the wrestler but the two of them made a settlement out of court.
He first appeared as Munch on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” in 1993, and later reprised the character on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He appeared in nearly 330 episodes of “SVU” between 1999 and 2013 and also made additional cameos in 2014 and 2016.
Belzer was also a self-proclaimed author and authored a book on his subject of interest; conspiracy theories. In 2016 he released a book titled “Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination.”
Other books the comedian and actor penned were titled “UFOS, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to be Crazy to Believe” and “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups.”
He is now survived by his wife, Harlee McBride. They got married in 1985. The pair do not have any biological children together but McBride has two daughters from a previous marriage; Jessica and Shannon Benton.
Richard Belzer’s death comes as a shock to many people and his death will be mourned all across the world. We are sending his family our thoughts and prayers.
Please join us in sending Belzer’s family and friends your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.