Judy Tenuta, a Late Show staple comedian from the 80’s and 90’s, has died at the age of 72.
Judy was known as the ‘Goddess of Love’ and spoke with a unique high pitch voice, played the accordion, and always wore a flower in her hair.
Tenuta died Thursday afternoon at home in Los Angeles, with her family around her, publicist Roger Neal told The Associated Press. The cause of death was ovarian cancer.
“She was a very funny, amazing performer,” Neal said, and it was always a “happy time to be around her.”
“Devastated to hear of the passing of my dear, dear friend, the lovely Miss Judy Tenuta. I can’t believe she’s gone,” tweeted Weird Al Yankovic, who worked with her on his 1990s TV series and a 2006 music video. “Earth has truly lost a goddess.”
Michael McKean, of “Spinal Tap” fame, tweeted, “One of a kind. Damn.”