Actor Jay Thomas
, best known for his roles in the classic sitcoms “Murphy Brown
” and “Cheers
,” has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 69.
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. “He will be dearly missed by so many.”
According to The New York Daily News, which first reported the news, Thomas died following a battle with cancer. No other details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death.
Thomas most recently played Marty Grossman, the operator of a sleazy website, on the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan
He starred as a sportswriter on his own sitcom, “Love
& War,” from 1992 to 1995, while recurring on “Murphy Brown
” from 1989 to 1998. Thomas earned two Emmy Awards for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his role as obnoxious tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold on CBS’ hit Candice Bergen