Comic legend Harvey Korman dies

May 29, 2008 by Ian Evans

Harvey Korman, who won four Emmys for his legendary work on The Carol Burnett Show, died Thursday at the age of 81. Korman, who had suffered complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, died at the UCLA Medical Center where he had undergone several major operations.

Mel Brooks, who cast Korman in Blazing Saddles told the AP that, “A world without Harvey Korman — it’s a more serious world. It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we’d crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh.”

Carol Burnett’s assistant, Angie Horejsi, said that Burnett was devestated and added that “She loved Harvey very much.”