BURBANK, Calif., May 26 (UPI) -- NBC Universal said it will remember U.S. comedian Dick Martin, who died during the weekend, as a force who helped change television.
Martin, 86, died Saturday "of respiratory complications while surrounded by his wife, family and friends," said his agent, Barry Greenberg.
"All of us at NBC Universal are saddened by the loss of Dick Martin," NBC Universal said in a statement. "His and Dan Rowan's 'Laugh-in' had a huge influence on American culture and forever changed the look, sound, and pace of television.
"No show had ever brought to the screen such frenetic energy and creativity, and Dick had a great deal to do with this. With Dick's passing, we've lost a giant in the history of television. Our hearts go out to his wife and family."