At approximately 8:45 a.m. May 13, 2019, Tim Conway passed away in the Los Angeles area at age 85 as a result of water on the brain. Prior to his passing, Conway battled a long-term illness known as Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, which was not connected to dementia or Alzheimer’s as some had thought.
Conway leave behind his wife of 35 years, Charlene Fusco, one step child, six biological children, and two grandchildren. He also leaves the cast of the “Carol Burnett Show,” who all had kind remarks for someone who they considered to be a good friend. Burnett states that Conway was the funniest person in the world. She also jokingly said that people needed to invest in Depends when they were around him, because no one could ever keep a straight face or refrain from laughing when he was around.
Burnett said that Conway would rehearse everything perfectly while recording and get approval of his performance from the director, getting all positive feedback. However, he would often improvise or alter his script while on the air, leaving everyone hysterically laughing, which was one thing that made him so special. Burnett says that Conway was one of a kind and that she will cherish the memories they created together, both on and off the screen. She says that he “will be in [her] heart forever.” Vicki Lawrence, a longtime coworker of Tim’s said in a statement that “hysterical, crazy, bold, fearless, humble, kind, adorable (were) all synonyms for (him).”
Burnett said that 33 episodes a year were taped for her show, and that Conway appeared so much on there that she asked him to be a regular character. He agreed to be on 32 out of 33 shows so that he could guest star on someone else’s show during that filming time.
Conway is best known for his “Carol Burnett Show” character, winning four Emmys for his role. He also had many other TV roles, some of which included “The Tim Conway Show,” “Dorf on Golf,” “The Private Eyes,” “Married With Children,” and even voice over work for the cartoon shows “Spongebob Squarepants” and “The Simpsons.”
While Conway’s coworkers seemed to get along with him, things at home were not so perfect. There was a dispute between his wife and daughter, Kelly, concerning his custody. The issue was unable to be resolved before his passing, but now his family is only making one request. They ask that instead of bringing gifts to celebrate the life of the actor, people make donations to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas.
Written by Trinity Oglesby. Edited by Kimberley Spinney
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