Robert Schimmel, the controversial comedian best known for his envelope-pushing work on The Howard Stern Show and NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, died in a Phoenix hospital Friday evening as a result of injuries he sustained in a recent car accident, according to the comic’s longtime spokesman, Howard Bragman.
Schimmel, 60, was the passenger in a serious car accident after his 19-year-old daughter, Aliyah, who was driving at the time, was run off the road by an out-of-control SUV, authorities in Arizona told The Arizona Central on Saturday. The family’s Honda coupe landed in a concrete drainage ditch on the side of the road. The driver of the SUV fled the scene of the accident but was arrested later that evening. Aliyah and Schimmel’s 11-year-old son, who was also in the car at the time, were taken to the hospital where the younger child was treated and discharged. Allyah remains hospitalized, but is expected to make a full recovery.
In addition to his work with O’Brien and Stern, Schimmel also appeared on several HBO programs, including his own special, Unprotected.
Schimmel — who lived in Scottsdale — often made light of his knack for cheating death. He survived a heart attack in 1998 and his 2008 memoir, Cancer on $5 a Day, chronicles his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Robert joins his son Derek in eternal rest. The boy lost his battle with leukemia at age 11.