Richard Belzer, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star, Dead at 78

Richard Belzer played Detective John Munch on the crime drama from 1999 to 2016

Richard Belzer, the actor, comedian and author known for starring in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died. He was 78.

Former Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft confirmed the death. Belzer died at his home in Bozouls in southwest France “peacefully with family at his side,” Scheft added.

Belzer had some health scares in the past, surviving testicular cancer in 1983, which ultimately inspired his 1997 HBO comedy special Another Lone Nut.