Second City comic Michael Lehrer has passed away at the age of 44 after a brave battle with ALS

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Second City comic Michael Lehrer has passed away at the age of 44 after a brave battle with ALS

  • Comedian died in Portland, Oregon after a health battle of more than five years
  • Lehrer’s girlfriend said the comedian chose to end his life with the help of a doctor
  • The entertainer continued his career after his 2017 diagnosis with the neurodegenerative disease
  • Joe Rogan said Lehrer was ‘a true legend, and I’m going to miss him dearly’

Comedian Michael Lehrer has passed away at the age of 44 in Portland, Oregon, after battling ALS for more than five years.

Lehrer’s girlfriend Colette Montague told the Chicago Sun-Times that the ailing comedian chose to end his life with the help of a doctor.

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“Michael died with dignity on his own terms,” ​​Montague told the newspaper. He wasn’t suicidal at all. … Medical help when dying was the hardest decision he ever made.’

The latest: Comedian Michael Lehrer has passed away from ALS complications at age 44 after battling the disease for more than five years. Pictured in 2014 in Chicago

The entertainer, who was part of The Second City group, continued his career following his 2017 diagnosis with the neurodegenerative disease.

Lehrer had performed in a wheelchair at clubs in Austin, Texas, and spoke about his health struggles both in his sets and on the Kill Tony podcast, TBEN reported.

He is survived by his son Colin and girlfriend Colette.

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Among those who came in memory of the late comedian was podcaster Joe Rogan, who praised Lehrer for his talent and perseverance.

Lehrer had performed in a wheelchair at clubs in Austin, Texas, and spoke about his health struggles both in his sets and on the Kill Tony podcast

Lehrer had performed in a wheelchair at clubs in Austin, Texas, and spoke about his health struggles both in his sets and on the Kill Tony podcast

The entertainer, who was part of The Second City group, continued his career following his 2017 diagnosis with the neurodegenerative disease

The entertainer, who was part of The Second City group, continued his career following his 2017 diagnosis with the neurodegenerative disease

“The courage this man had in standing up while battling a debilitating illness was insanely impressive, and even though he struggled to utter words, the man on stage would KILL,” said Rogan. “He was a true legend and I will miss him very much.”

The Kill Tony podcast said, “We knew it was coming, but there are still no words for it. What a human. He really lived to make you all laugh. Rest in peace our dear @michael_lehrer_als.’

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A memorial post on Lehrer’s Instagram account read: “The final act – watch for the sequel. Godspeed you wild and crazy man. We always love you and are thankful for all you have given to the world.”

Lehrer was seen in a social media post in November with the caption

Lehrer was seen in a social media post in November with the caption “No Rest for the Sick”

Among those remembering the late comedian was podcaster Joe Rogan, who praised Lehrer for his talent and perseverance.

Among those remembering the late comedian was podcaster Joe Rogan, who praised Lehrer for his talent and perseverance.

The Second City paid tribute to the late comedian and noted his creative contributions

The Second City paid tribute to the late comedian and noted his creative contributions

A memorial post on Lehrer's Instagram account read:

A memorial post on Lehrer’s Instagram account read: “Godspeed you wild and crazy man”

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