Actor & Comedian Jay Thomas Dead at 69

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Actor comedian and radio personality Jay Thomas has died.

FOX's Michelle Pollino reports:

Jay Thomas has died due to cancer according to his friend and agent Don Buchwald in the New York Daily News.

Thomas played the obnoxious TV talk show host Jerry Gold and the lead characters on and off again boyfriend on 'Murphy Brown.' He also played hockey player Eddie Lebec on the show 'Cheers.'

Thomas often played loud, sleazy types. He recently appeared on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Marty Grossman and had his own talk show on Sirius XM.

The 69-year-old was featured in the films 'Mr. Holland's Opus' and 'Labor Pains.'

Michelle Pollino, FOX News.

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