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Obituary First Lines: Dick Martin

TV comedy star Dick Martin has died at age 83. Here’s how some major news outlets are summing up his life.

“Dick Martin, co-host of ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,’ which popularized the phrase, ‘Sock it to me’…” –Bloomberg News

“Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ took television by storm in the 1960s…” –The Associated Press

“Dick Martin, a veteran nightclub comic who with his partner, Dan Rowan, turned a midseason replacement slot at NBC in 1968 into a hit that redefined what could be done on television…” –The International Herald Tribune

“The death of Dick Martin is shattering showbiz news — his ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ once not only had all America howling, it got the last laugh at the Emmys too.” –The Los Angeles Times

“‘I never thought of us as hosts. We were two guys walking through a mélange of madness.'” –Newsday

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