ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Digby Wolfe, the comedy writer who co-created the 1960s variety show "Laugh-In," has died. He was 82.
Friends have confirmed that the British-born writer, actor, singer and teacher died May 2 of lung cancer at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.
Friend and former teaching colleague Jim Linnell described Wolfe as a "whirlwind of ideas and encouragement." He says Wolfe had the power to set loose uncontrollable laughter in people.
Wolfe and his "Laugh-In" colleagues earned an Emmy in 1968 for their work on the television show.
Wolfe had small guest roles on various TV series and also mentored hundreds of young writers.
A memorial service is being planned for June 10 at the University of New Mexico, where Wolfe taught writing for 12 years.
His 37-year teaching career also included a stint at the University of Southern California.
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