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Date: March 12, 2007 12:02AM
Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular
on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound
in an apparent suicide, police said Sunday.
Police found the 49-year-old comedian alive but gravely injured in a West
Hollywood home when they responded to a call Saturday morning from Jeni's
girlfriend, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said.
Eisenman said the caller told police: "My boyfriend shot himself in the
Jeni died at a nearby hospital.
Eisenman said suicide had not been officially confirmed and the investigation
was continuing. An autopsy on Jeni would be done Monday, said Lt. Fred Corral
from the investigation division of the coroner's office.