Comedian Judy Tenuta, who built a widespread following on the stand-up circuit with her sometimes-bawdy act in which she adopted her persona of “The Love Goddess,” died at age 72.
Judy Tenuta died Thursday afternoon at home in Los Angeles with her family around her, publicist Roger Neal told The Associated Press.
Who was Judy Tenuta?
Judy Lynn Tenuta was a comedian, actress, and comedy musician who was born in Oak Park, Illinois.
She was arguably best known for The Love Goddess persona, which often brought insult comedy and interesting antics to the stage.
Tenuta rose to fame in the 1980s, which has since been described as the golden age of comedy.
Over the years, she has been seen in several comedy specials besides the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, and Rita Rudner, among others.
Judy Tenuta cause of death
Tenuta’s death was first confirmed by her publicist, Roger Neal.
At the time, he told The Associated Press that she died following a battle with ovarian cancer.
“She was a very funny, amazing performer,” Neal said in a statement, adding that it was always a “happy time to be around her.”
Judy Tenuta net worth
Due to Tenuta’s successful career, she was able to amass a fortune before her passing.
Her net worth was said to be $4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
This estimate comes from her successful comedy career as well as other business ventures.