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

In the same special, he joked about another moment on The Richard Belzer Show, in which celebrity guest Hulk Hogan put the host in a chokehold, causing him to pass out and hit his head on the stage. Belzer sued and they later settled out of court.

Belzer was mourned by various famous friends after news of his death was made public.

“Richard Belzer’s detective John Munch is one of television’s iconic characters,” Dick Wolf, Law & Order: SVU creator and executive producer, said in a statement.