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US comedian Robert Schimmel dies following car accident

Stand-up comic Robert Schimmel, a regular guest on Conan O'Brien's show, has died following a car accident.

The 60-year-old, who was also a frequent guest on controversial DJ Howard Stern's radio show, was travelling in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter Aliyah on 26 August.

Schimmel's spokesman, Howard Bragman, said his client died on Friday evening in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

His daughter remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Bragman said Aliyah Schimmel swerved to avoid another car and the vehicle she was driving rolled to the side of the motorway.

Cancer battle

Her father was in the middle of a tour when the accident happened.

Robert Schimmel's 2008 autobiography, titled Cancer on $5 a Day, chronicled his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"Robert Schimmel always made me laugh. Now he makes me laugh and cry at the same time," fellow comedian Billy Crystal wrote after reading Schimmel's memoirs.

Schimmel starred in his own sitcom, titled Schimmel, in 2000 but it was cancelled after his cancer was diagnosed and he had to undergo chemotherapy, according to his official website.

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