Gone: Carl Reiner, aged 98, of natural causes. Comedy genius, and comedy legend, terms strewn around anything but lightly where he is concerned. From before most of you were born, right up until the end. Besides spawning his son, the Meathead, he was not only Mel Brooks' long-time partner, but a comedy pioneer in his own right, and as funny at slapstick or deadpan as any vaudevillian or silent movie comic you could think of.
Most people now will know him from his part in the Ocean's ensembles, but he was also the brains behind the Dick Van Dyke Show, and as his friend Mel Brooks' straight man and co-creator for multiple versions of The 2000 Year Old Man, which started out as a bit he and Brooks started doing at local parties, and turned into a full-blown series of comedy masterpieces.
The world is far less funny at his passing, after a long and full life, and having done nothing substantial other than enriching the human experience. Which isn't a bad gig to have, nor too shabby a legacy to leave behind.