Hollywood Reacts to Jay Thomas' Death

The actor passed away at age 69 after a battle with cancer.

Jay Thomas, best known for his comic roles on sitcoms Murphy Brown and Cheers, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Thomas won two Emmys for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for playing TV talk show host Jerry Gold (and Candice Bergen's on-again, off-again boyfriend) on Murphy Brown, which he appeared on from 1989-1998.

The actor and radio DJ, who most recently appeared on Showtime's Ray Donovan and an episode of NCIS: New Orleans, was also known for his frequent visits to David Letterman's Late Show. For years, Thomas appeared on the late-night talk show during Christmas season and often told never-gets-old stories about Clayton Moore, the star of TV's The Lone Ranger.

Hollywood mourned the actor on social media shortly after the news broke Thursday afternoon. 

Bryan Cranston tweeted, "So damn funny...and loud. Rest quietly now, my friend." Carson Daly called Thomas a "huge inspiration as a DJ."

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