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Pryor Called Courageous and Creative

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Richard Pryor is being remembered as a groundbreaking comedian.

Pryor died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on Saturday at the age of 65.

His audacious style influenced generations of stand-up artists, from Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock to Robin Williams and David Letterman.

Budd Friedman, who founded the Improv comedy clubs, says Pryor "could make you laugh and he could make you cry all within the same heartbeat practically." Pryor was known for his use of four-letter words in his biting, often self-deprecating comedy, but Friedman says "he always had a reason and there was always meaning behind it."

The comedian had been ill for many years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system. And Pryor's wife says he inspired a lot of people with "his ability to push on and not give up with M.S." Jennifer Lee Pryor tells AP Radio News that even when her husband was afraid, he displayed courage and was, as she puts it, "an example for us all."

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