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Comedy icon and ‘All in the Family’ creator Norman Lear passes away at 101

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Revolutionary comedy writer leaves behind a legacy of laughter and social commentary

Norman Lear, the brilliant mind behind iconic 70s sitcoms such as ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Sanford and Son,’ has passed away at the age of 101. Known for revolutionizing American comedy, Lear’s influence extended far beyond the small screen.

Even in his later years, Lear continued to shape the television landscape, contributing to projects like the Netflix revival of ‘Good Times’ in 2022. His ability to blend humor with insightful social commentary made him a trailblazer in the world of entertainment.

In a statement released by Lear’s family, he was remembered as a ‘wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.’ The family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support, acknowledging Lear’s dedication to preserving the founding ideals of justice and equality in the country.

The full statement reads: “Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honor of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts. We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being.”

Throughout his illustrious career, Lear received numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmys and two Peabody Awards. His impact on the television industry goes beyond awards, as he created memorable shows such as ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Maude,’ and ‘One Day at a Time.’

Social media has been flooded with tributes, with one user on X expressing, “Norman Lear’s shows were works of satirical genius and pointed social commentary. Sorry to see he’s gone now.” Another added, “RIP Norman Lear thank you for all the wonderful shows & laughs of my youth.”

Norman Lear’s legacy lives on in the laughter he brought to millions and the profound influence he had on the landscape of American television.

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