Larry David Honors Longtime Friend Richard Lewis With Heartbreaking Statement

Larry David honored the late Richard Lewis on Wednesday with a bittersweet statement about the bond the two friends and comedians shared.

“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me,” David said in a statement shared with multipleoutlets.

Richard Lewis (left) and Larry David in 2013.
Richard Lewis (left) and Larry David in 2013. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI

The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator explained why he would “never forgive” his longtime co-star on the series for dying.

“He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest,” David said. “But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

Lewis, who revealed last year he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, died Tuesday night of a heart attack at the age of 76.

The two comedians first met as preteens at summer camp, but they didn’t hit it off right away, Lewis confessed to The Spectator last year. Instead, they were “arch rivals.” Lewis considered David “cocky” and even tried to hit him with the ball when playing baseball.

David and Lewis were decadeslong friends and played loosely fictionalized versions of themselves on
David and Lewis were decadeslong friends and played loosely fictionalized versions of themselves on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Matthew Simmons via Getty Images

The two reunited more than a decade later when they were both standup comics in New York City, but it wasn’t until a night of heavy drinking that they recognized each other ― and a beautiful friendship was born.

“He loves me and I’m his dearest friend,” Lewis said of his former nemesis, though he didn’t expect David to wax poetic.

“It would be rare for him to go deep like that,” he said.

Lewis said he knew he was David's
Lewis said he knew he was David's "dearest friend," though he didn't expect his fellow comedian to "go deep" and admit it. Charley Gallay/FilmMagic for HBO

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