Leslie Nielsen Continues To Make Them Laugh With Fitting Epitaph
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –“Grave Humor”-- Even in death comic-actor Leslie Nielsen knew how to leave them laughing. Nielsen’s tombstone was revealed this week with a fitting inscription that paid homage to one of his favorite jokes, farts.
Nielsen, who passed away in November 2010 at the age of 84 will continue to keep people laughing with the inscription “Let ‘er rip,” which combined the traditional rest in peace with his love of fart jokes.
In a 1996 interview Nielsen talked about his love for gags and whoopee cushions and promised a fitting epitaph upon his demise.
Along with the tombstone, The Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale unveiled a new bench in Nielsen’s honor with a more polite inscription that reads, “Sit down whenever you can.”
The Canadian born actor who starred in “Airplane!,” and The Naked Gun trilogy, began his career as a serious actor before finding his true comedic voice and dead pan delivery.
Nielsen appeared in more than one hundred films and 1,500 television programs during his long running career.
In 2007, Nielsen spoke about his career and finding value in his downtime.
"I'm afraid if I don't keep moving, they're going to catch me ... I am 81 years old, and I want to see what's around the corner, and I don't see any reason in the world not to keep working. But I am starting to value my down time a great deal because I am realizing there might be other things to do that I am overlooking."
The comic-actor passed away quietly in his sleep due to complications from pneumonia on November 28 with friends and family by his side.
Nielsen, who was married four times, is survived by his fourth wife Barbaree and two daughters, Maura and Thea Nielsen from his second marriage.