Barry Crimmins, Comic and Political Satirist, Dies at 64

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Barry Crimmins

"He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight," his wife, Helen, said.

Comic and political satirist Barry Crimmins died Wednesday, his wife, Helen, announced Thursday via social media. 

He was 64. 

"Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat [Goldthwait] and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace," Helen Crimmins wrote. 

Goldthwait directed the 2015 documentary Call Me Lucky, which focused on the life and career of Crimmins.

Crimmins was also an avid crusader against images of child sexual abuse on the internet and, in the 1990s, called for an investigation into service providers over the issue. 

Fellow comedians shared their sorrow about the news.

"Just learned of Barry Crimmins passing. So sad. When I met him I felt like I was meeting a founding father of stand up comedy. This world is a better place because of poeple like Barry. Rest in peace," Jim Gaffigan tweeted. 

"If there is peace somewhere, I hope @crimmins rests in it. But it hurts that he was outlived by this brief moment of garbage time. Because of his life, and now because he is gone, we know that the job is to fight harder. No rest for us," John Hodgman tweeted. 

"RIP, Barry Crimmins, hero," Michael McKean tweeted. 

Watch Crimmins visiting Conan in December 2016.