From The Post-Chronicle: Richard Jeni Dead; Comedian Found Shot In Own Home, Apparent Suicide - Fact, Or Rumor?
Richard Jeni, one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time, is dead. According to police, Jeni was found dead presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 10, 2007 A loaded gun was reportedly found next to his body.
The word being whispered -- among more than one party close to the deceased -- throughout the comedy grapevine is that Richard Jeni simply chose to end his life.
Jeni was in his West Hollywood, CA apartment. He had reportedly been scheduled to perform at the Chicago Improv last night, but cancelled several weeks ago.
It is said that he chose to take his life because of a seemingly intractable medical condition, the nature of which we are not privy to. We could speculate, but out of respect for Richard and his family we will not.
His website has gone dark (except for a grayed-out logo) and the story is still developing. More information will be made available when we hear it.