Comedian & Everybody Loves RaymondÂ actor Peter Boyle has died, he was 71-year-old.Â Boyle died Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after waging a fatal battle on myeloma & heart disease.
Peter spent nine years of his life playing the obnoxious father & husband Frank Barone on the hit TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.Â Doris Roberts playedÂ opposite Boyle as hisÂ overbearing wife Marie Barone.Â RobertsÂ said of Peter’s death, “it’s like losing a spouse.”
“I’m going to miss my dear friend, so unlike the character he played on television.”
“He’s a brilliant actor, a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, wonderfully well read and a loving friend.”
Ray Romano, who’s comedy the TV series was based on, said he didn’t know a soul when he moved to Los Angeles to work on the show.
“Peter immediately took me under his wing and became my friend and mentor,”Â RomanoÂ said.
“He gave me great advice, he always made me laugh, and the way he connected with everyone around him amazed me.”
Peter Boyle is survived by his wife Loraine &Â daughters Lucy and Amy. Boyle celebrated his 71st birthday on October 18.
PeaceÂ be with his family.