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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Former Long-Time Comedy Partner Mourns
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Steve Rossi, left, with Marty Allen, Keely Smith and Shecky Greene in 1994 (photo courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau)

Steve Rossi, left, with Marty Allen, Keely Smith and Shecky Greene in 1994 (photo courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other TV variety shows, has died at age 82.

His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told The Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn’t in any pain.

The Allen & Rossi duo appeared regularly on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” and “The Merv Griffin Show.” They also toured comedy clubs nationwide and headlined shows in Vegas until they split up in 1968.

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