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'Anchorman' Star Comedian Fred Willard Dies At Age 86 -- Celebrities Pay Tribute

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By Mike Walters

Comedian and actor, Fred Willard, has died at the age of 86.

According to reports, the legendary big-screen performer died of natural causes over the weekend.

"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end," his daughter Hope told in a statement.

She added, "We loved him so very much!"

His death comes less than two years after his wife, Mary, died at the age of 71.

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The comedy legend starred in huge hits like, Best in Show, This Is Spinal Tap, Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family,

Earlier this year, Fred's 'Modern Family' character died on the show of old age. Willard played 'Frank' on the hit television show, across 11 seasons.

Willard was nominated for an Emmy in 2010, for his role on the show for 'Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.'

Of course, Willard also played KVWN news director Ed Harken in 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' -- one of the greatest parts of the movie.

Jamie Lee Curtis Pays Tribute To Willard...

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Celebrities are paying tribute to their fellow actor, including actress Jamie Lee Curtis, whose husband Christopher Guest worked a ton with Willard over the years.

"A fond farewell to Mr. Fred Willard," she posted.

Jaime contiuned, "How lucky we all are that we got to witness his great gifts. Thanks for the deep belly laughs. You are now with Mary. Home safe."

According to representatives for the actor, he died Friday night in Los Angeles.


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