Richard Lewis’s final appearance in Curb Your Enthusiasm was an episode where he joked about dying, his will and bequeathing his estate to Larry David

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Richard Lewis spoke about death in his final scene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the HBO hit he’d been a regular on for the duration of its 12-season run.

The beloved comic, who portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the show opposite creator and star Larry David, died at 76 Tuesday following a fatal heart attack, his publicist Jeff Abraham said.

The scene, from the third episode of the show’s recent 12th season – titled Vertical Drop, Horizontal Tug – aired less than two weeks ago, on February 18.

In it, Lewis and David – who were friends since they were teenagers – showed off their considerable comedic chemistry while playing golf and shooting the breeze.

In the scene, Lewis told David, who also plays himself on the show, that he was leaving him in his will.

Richard Lewis, who died Tuesday at 76, spoke about death in his final scene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the HBO hit he’d been a regular on for the duration of its 12-season run opposite lifelong friend Larry David, 76 

The beloved comic, who portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the show opposite creator and star Larry David, died at 76 Tuesday following a fatal heart attack

The beloved comic, who portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the show opposite creator and star Larry David, died at 76 Tuesday following a fatal heart attack 

‘I’m leaving you in my will, I’m tweaking it and you’re in it,’ Lewis told David, who was immediately uncomfortable with the idea.

‘No, no, no, don’t do that … I don’t want to be in, I have money, I don’t need it, give it to someone who needs it,’ David told Lewis, who remained insistent that he get a portion of the proceedings.

‘When I die I want you to know how much I care about you,’ Lewis told David. ‘You’re my best friend, you’re getting it.’

David continued to protest receiving any funds from Lewis’ will, saying that he would give it to charity, and was making a ‘Sherman-esque’ statement, in reference to American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.

Lewis quipped, ‘I’m sick of your historical references!’ 

David put a twist on the famous quote from the late general in saying, ‘If nominated, I will not run, and if bequeathed, I will not accept.’

Lewis said in response, ‘Well I’m bequeathing!’ telling David that he was hurting his feelings by not accepting the will money.

Lewis told David, ‘Well, I’m giving it to you anyway,’ to which a frustrated David replied, ‘F*** you.’ 

Lewis’s final scene was emblematic of his phenomenal comedic chemistry with David, as the two friends and collaborators often engaged in entertaining arguments throughout the span of the hit series. Lewis appeared on 41 episodes of the hit comedy since its pilot episode in 2000.

The scene, from the third episode of the show's recent 12th season - titled Vertical Drop, Horizontal Tug - aired less than two weeks ago, on February 18

The scene, from the third episode of the show’s recent 12th season – titled Vertical Drop, Horizontal Tug – aired less than two weeks ago, on February 18 

In what would be Lewis' last scene on the series, he and David showed off their considerable comedic chemistry while playing golf and shooting the breeze

In what would be Lewis’ last scene on the series, he and David showed off their considerable comedic chemistry while playing golf and shooting the breeze 

In the scene, Lewis told David, who also plays himself on the show, that he was leaving him in his will, adding, 'You're my best friend, you're getting it'

In the scene, Lewis told David, who also plays himself on the show, that he was leaving him in his will, adding, ‘You’re my best friend, you’re getting it’

Lewis told David, 'When I die I want you to know how much I care about you'

Lewis told David, ‘When I die I want you to know how much I care about you’

David continued to protest receiving any funds from Lewis' will, saying that he would give it to charity, and was making a 'Sherman-esque' statement, in reference to American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman

David continued to protest receiving any funds from Lewis’ will, saying that he would give it to charity, and was making a ‘Sherman-esque’ statement, in reference to American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman

Lewis appeared on 41 episodes of the hit comedy since its pilot episode in 2000

Lewis appeared on 41 episodes of the hit comedy since its pilot episode in 2000 

Lewis and David were lifelong friends, as both comics were born in the same hospital in Brooklyn, New York. They initially crossed paths attending summer camp with one another when they were 13.

David was among the peers of the late comic to mourn him publicly upon news of his passing.

‘Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me,’ David said in a statement released by HBO. ‘He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.’

Lewis in 2021 said that he would not be appearing on Curb Your Enthusiasm’s season 11 as he was on the mend from a series of surgeries. He would eventually appear on an episode in the season before coming back for the show’s season 12.

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