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Fred Willard, the Emmy Award-nominated comic actor best known for his roles in comedies like “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman” and on sitcoms like “Modern Family” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.

Fred Willard

Fred Willard died Friday night in Los Angeles of natural causes according to his agent Michael Eisenstadt, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Willard’s daughter Hope Mulbarger said in a statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old. He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever.”

His death comes nearly two years after the passing of his wife of 50 years, Mary Willard, who died in 2018 when she was 71 years old.
The Modern Family actor, who grew up in Ohio, spread joy through his talent for making people laugh. His work included comedies like “A Mighty Wind” and “Waiting for Guffman,” as well as off-Broadway productions including Jules Feiffer’s “Little Murders,” Dan Greenburg’s “Arf and the Great Airplane Snatch,” and Mary Willard’s “Elvis and Juliet.”
By: Dammy Eneli