As the news of legendary comedian Don Rickles’ passing spread across the internet, Twitter exploded with his fellow comedians wanting to pour out their love and respect for the man known as “Mr. Warmth”. The tweets, which you can see below, were filled with some common words to describe this uncommonly funny, funny man. Words that keep coming up on Twitter to describe Don Rickles include “legend”, “big-hearted”, “sweet” and “insult”. That last word may stick out from the others, but that’s just a testament to how funny Don Rickles was; that he could be so vicious on stage and yet touch so many hearts of his many fans and comic admirers.
Several of the tweets include comedians’ favorite photos and clips of Don Rickles in action. Some tweeted about cherishing the time they got to meet or work with Don, while others are lamenting the fact that they’ll never get to have that opportunity now. Here’s just some of the tweets that profess the love given to a man who changed the words “hockey puck” from a piece of sports equipment to a hilarious insult. #RIPDonRickles.
90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you already
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2017
My friend, my dad, the funniest biggest hearted of them all. A beautiful husband and father. My heart is broken. Rest In Peace. Don Rickles.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles created a style of stand up and owned (!!!) it his entire career of 60+ years. It's unparalleled. No, I mean, NO ONE did that.
— Kevin Pollak (@kevinpollak) April 6, 2017
In lieu of flowers, Don Rickles' family has requested that people drop their pants and fire a rocket. #RIPDonRickles
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 6, 2017
— Tom Papa (@tompapa) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles has passed away.
A giant loss.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. Legend.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) April 6, 2017
RIP the legend @DonRickles, he was funny the whole time. That's only a selected few.
— Dan Soder (@DanSoder) April 6, 2017
— Joe DeRosa (@joederosacomedy) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. Your humor would be lost on the young today. Say hi to Joan. https://t.co/iUx1rWMpDj
— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles Dick Cavett 1972 https://t.co/REXcC6GtAF
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 6, 2017
Once in a lifetime a comedian like #DonRickles comes along. And as good a friend as anyone could have. I love you and will miss you Don.
— David Steinberg (@david_steinberg) April 6, 2017
One of the funniest, ballsiest comics of all time. RIP Don Rickles. pic.twitter.com/wF9rPQjjVz
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was a cyclone of funny with a heart of gold. Is God ready for your maniacal wit? Would love to hear what you said on arrival.
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) April 6, 2017
— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. One of the funniest people that ever lived, you dumb schmuck.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 6, 2017
Hockey puck. We've lost @DonRickles I love him so. Smart, funny, a pro and most important deeply and honestly kind. Kind is what matters.
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) April 6, 2017
A comedy legend, #RIPDonRickles
— Matteo Lane (@MatteoLane) April 6, 2017
Always so nice to me when I was a young comic. RIP Mr. Warmth pic.twitter.com/DvFbayl65j
— Bobby Slayton (@PitbullofComedy) April 6, 2017
JFK/LAX we spoke for 3 hours while his beautiful wife Barbara slept.
Don Rickles was so kind to me I forgot we'd never met
— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 6, 2017
RIP to this sweet and lovely man pic.twitter.com/j8mseq1aSY
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) April 6, 2017
Awwww man Rickles is dead. Rest In Peace buddy.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was simply the best. He created insult comedy &yet every 1 of his targets felt loved and honored. One of a kind.#RIPdonrickles
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 6, 2017
One person I always wanted to meet and shake hands with.
RIP Don Rickles
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles, you kept us laughing for so many years. We will miss you dearly. Thanks for the zingers. You were one of a kind.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles was THE BEST. Legend amongst the legends.
— Bridget Everett (@bridgeteverett) April 6, 2017
— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) April 6, 2017
Don Rickles is dead… finally.
— yannispappas (@yannispappas) April 6, 2017
Rickles was awesome.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 6, 2017
RIP, Don Rickles. At least he'll be reunited with Don Adams again. pic.twitter.com/aLNPRb9CdW
— Hollis James (@hollisjames) April 6, 2017
RIP Don Rickles. Most people can't be funny for 10 minutes. He did it for over 60 years
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) April 6, 2017
Our deepest condolences to the Rickles family. Today we lost a comedy legend and a friend. R.I.P. Make God laugh. pic.twitter.com/E3Myzf23EO
— Laugh Factory (@TheLaughFactory) April 6, 2017