Richard Lewis, a venerable figure in the realm of stand-up comedy and a prominent fixture on the hit HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” passed away on Tuesday night at his residence in Los Angeles, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 76. This news was confirmed by Variety, marking the end of an era for fans and peers alike who admired Lewis for his unique blend of neurotic, self-deprecating humor.

In a career that spanned over four decades, Lewis made an indelible mark on the comedy scene. Known for his all-black attire and a perpetual state of existential angst, he turned his personal tumults and neuroses into comedic gold, resonating with audiences worldwide. His journey in comedy was marked by candid reflections on his battles with addiction, mental health, and the everyday absurdities of life, making him a relatable figure to many.

Lewis’s health concerns became public last April when he announced his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and his subsequent retirement from stand-up comedy. Despite these challenges, Lewis’s passion for his craft never waned. He made a poignant appearance in Season 12 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” a testament to his resilience and dedication to his art.

His unexpected return to “Curb” for Season 11, after recuperating from three surgeries, was a heartwarming moment for fans and colleagues. Lewis recounted the warmth he received on set, highlighting a rare emotional exchange with Larry David, the show’s creator and Lewis’s longtime friend. This camaraderie underscored the deep connections Lewis forged through his work, transcending the boundaries of the screen.

Lewis’s comedic legacy is rooted in his early stand-up days, with notable specials such as “I’m in Pain” and “The Magical Misery Tour” that showcased his ability to find humor in the bleakest of circumstances. His television and film roles, including the ABC sitcom “Anything but Love” and films like “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” further showcased his range and versatility as an actor.

Beyond the laughter, Lewis was open about his struggles with substance abuse, using his platform to advocate for sobriety and mental health awareness. His candidness about these personal battles added depth to his comedic persona, making his humor all the more impactful.

The tributes pouring in from HBO and figures like Larry David reflect the profound impact Lewis had on the comedy world and beyond. David’s poignant reflection on their lifelong friendship and Lewis’s dual legacy of laughter and kindness encapsulates the loss felt by many.

As we bid farewell to Richard Lewis, we celebrate a life replete with laughter, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to exploring the human condition with humor and heart. His legacy in comedy and his contributions to candid discussions on health and addiction will continue to inspire future generations.

In remembering Richard Lewis, we acknowledge the joy and introspection he brought into our lives, a reminder of the power of comedy to connect, heal, and illuminate the complexities of the human experience.