LAS VEGAS -- Comic David Frye, whose impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures vaulted him to popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Las Vegas, his family confirmed Saturday. He was 77.
Frye died at his home Monday of cardiopulmonary arrest, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said.
Frye's sister, Ruth Welch of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he was a born comic genius who wrote his own material and began by imitating neighbors in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they grew up.
"He had an eye for people's movements and an ear for their voices," Welch told The Associated Press on Saturday. "He could really get down people's mannerisms and intonations."
Among other venues, Frye performed at colleges and nightclubs across the country as well as on television programs such as the "Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
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