Second City comedian Michael Lehrer has passed away at the age of 44 after a valiant battle with ALS…Joe Rogan called him a ‘true legend’
- The comedian passed away in Portland, Oregon, after a five-year health battle
- Lehrer’s girlfriend said the comedian chose to end his life with the help of a doctor
- The artist continued his career after being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease in 2017
- Joe Rogan said Lehrer ‘was a true legend, and I will miss him very much’
Comedian Michael Lehrer has passed away at the age of 44 in Portland, Oregon, after a five-year battle with ALS.
Lehrer’s friend Colette Montague told the Chicago Sun Times that the ailing comedian chose to end his life with the help of a doctor.
“Michael died with dignity, on his own terms,” Montague told the newspaper. He was never suicidal. … Medically assisted dying was the hardest decision he had ever made.
The latest: Comedian Michael Lehrer has died at age 44 of complications from ALS after a five-year battle with the disease. Pictured in 2014 in Chicago
The artist, who was part of the band The Second City, pursued a career after being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease in 2017. Lehrer had performed wheelchair-bound at clubs in Austin, Texas, and has spoken about his health battle on both his sets and on the podcast, Kill Tony, final date mentioned.
Lehrer performed at the 2014 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal on the New Faces of Comedy Show. He worked on The Second City alongside artists including Chris Witaske and Tawny Newsome, who both pushed memorials for their late colleague on social media.
Lehrer was part of the creation of four original theatrical versions, including Sky’s The Limit (Weather Permit), which was the winner of the Jeff Award for Best Play. He has also been involved with The Second City Touring Company, as well as brand extensions in Las Vegas and on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
He has also worked on BTN’s Big Ten Tailgate and Sports Action Team, and has been on Chicago Underground Comedy, iO Chicago, and the Brooklyn Brewery comedy tour.
Lehrer has performed in a wheelchair at clubs in Austin, Texas, and has spoken about his health battle on both his sets and on the podcast Killing Tony.
The artist, who was part of the band The Second City, pursued a career after being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease in 2017.
Among those paying tribute to the late comedian was podcast maker Joe Rogan, who paid tribute to Lehrer for his talent and perseverance.
“The courage this man had to take while fighting a debilitating illness was absolutely remarkable, and although he struggled to get the words out, the man would kill on stage,” Rogan said. “He was a true legend, and I will miss him very much.”
Witaske said he ‘always cherished the years’ he was able to spend with Lehrer at Second City
“Michael was really unique, full of mischief and very funny,” he said. “He was always up for anything and loved nothing more than making people laugh.”
He concluded, “It’s really safe to say there will never be another Michael Lehrer. Rest in peace brother.”
Lehrer was seen in a social media post in November with the caption, “No relief for patients.”
Among those who performed at the memorial was the late comedian Joe Rogan, who praised Lehrer for his talent and perseverance.
Wishing you a wild and crazy man, read a memorial post on Lehrer’s Instagram account.
The Kill Tony podcast said, ‘We knew it was coming but no words for it yet. What a human being. He truly lived to make you all laugh. Rest in peace dear @michael_lehrer_als. ‘
A memorial post on Lehrer’s Instagram account read: “The Final Chapter – Watch the sequel. Good luck to you wild and crazy man. We always love you and are so grateful for all that you have given the world.
He is survived by his son, Colin, and his girlfriend, Colette.
a GoFundMe page In support of the comedian’s son. “Please help honor Michael and show him how much we love him by making sure his son can be safe for a while,” read a statement about the fundraiser.