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Jay Thomas

Character actor Jay Thomas, who had memorable roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown, died following a battle with cancer on August 24th. He was 69.

"Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years-plus,” his publicist Thomas Estey told Variety at the time. "He will be dearly missed by so many.” Added his friend and agent Don Buchwald, "Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully wacky thoughts and behavior." 

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