Borscht Belt comic and actor Freddie Roman, died at the age of 85 on Saturday, his family said. His daughter confirmed that Roman suffered a heart attack in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter confirmed to Deadline.

Roman worked in Las Vegas and other major cities over the course of his lengthy career as a comedian. He frequently participated in Comedy Central roasts where he poked fun at people like Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner, and Chevy Chase, among others.

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Born Fred Kirschenbaum, Roman resided in Boynton Beach, Florida. His son was Alan Kirschenbaum, a television producer, who died in 2012.

He was found dead in his home in Burbank, California. His cause of death was said to be a suicide.

Alan was born in New York. He had a sister, Judi. Alan’s paternal great-grandfather owned the Crystal Springs Hotel in the Catskills, where Freddie Roman began performing. He attended high school in New City, New York in Rockland County. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a degree in marketing in 1983.

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His early work in TV was as a writer for the Judd Hirsch sitcom Dear John and Everything’s Relative. He directed some episodes of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (created by his high school friend Philip Rosenthal) and was the head writer for Coach for three seasons. He was a writer for Baby Talk, a co-creator, writer and producer of the sitcom Yes, Dear, a producer/writer on Raising Hope, creator of Down the Shore, and co-creator of the unaired series Friend Me.