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Seinfield star dies aged 71 after sad cancer battle

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Seinfeld star Hiram Kasten has sadly died at the age of 71.The news was shared on his official Facebook page on Sunday 16 June, with his obituary calling him "a truly charming guy".The actor and comedian’s obituary revealed that in 2017 Hiram’s health took a “downturn” and he had spent the past seven years righting illnesses including prostate cancer as well as a lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease.

It added that the star had told his loved ones and close friends the news regarding his terminal illness within the last six months, with his wife Diana stating that “it prolonged his life for at least another two months to be able to laugh with his peers.” Hiram rose to fame back in the 1970s where he was a staple figure on the New York City and New Jersey comedy scene, and it was on the New York Comic Strip that he met Jerry Seinfeld.Throughout his career in comedy and acting, Hiram appeared in many high profile shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Everybody Loves Raymond and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Meanwhile Seinfield viewers will recognise him for his role as Michael, who was a coworker of Elaine Benes. Speaking of his successful career, Hiram’s obituary also touched on his comedy style and paid tribute to a man who was able to stand out among his peers thanks to his signature look. “He channelled the greats in his demeanour onstage, always dressing for the occasion.

With his open-collared shirts and natty sport jackets always with a pocket hanky billowing forth, he stood out amongst his peers,” it read. “He was the 'missing link' to another generation of comedians he watched as a child on TV.

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