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Comedian Don Rickles was 'a God', says Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has paid tribute to his late co-star Don Rickles, calling him "a God".

Rickles, who was 90, died of kidney failure at his Los Angeles home.

He voiced Mr Potato Head in all three of the Toy Story films alongside Hanks who voiced Woody, and was signed up for the fourth instalment in th e franchise which is due out in 2019.

Captain Phillips star Hanks tweeted: "A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx."

For more than half a century, the comedian and actor dubbed Mr Warmth headlined casinos and nightclubs across the US and often appeared on late-night TV talk shows.

The New Yorker was known as an insult comic for the way in which he responded to hecklers during his stand-up shows .

Stars of the entertainment world paid tribute to him.

Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films, said in a statement: "Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today.

"I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it's like to be Rickled."

Hollywood star Jim Carrey said: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles."

Others tweeted about their sadness at the news.

Actor Dick Van Dyke tweeted: "Those were the days, my friend @DonRickles. We thought they'd never end. We loved you so."

Singer Barbra Streisand tweeted: "Being skewered by Don Rickles was side-splitting funny. A gentle soul with rapid fire wit. xoB"

Talk show host James Corden tweeted: "Don Rickles was one of the absolute greats. I feel lucky for the times I was ever in his orbit, my thoughts are with his family today x"

Actor Danny DeVito tweeted: "Awwww man Rickles is dead. Rest In Peace buddy."

Comedian Sandra Bernhard tweeted: "Damn it, we lost a great one #DonRickles fast furious brilliant for decades the definition of genius."

Stand-up comic Chris Rock tweeted: "He was the love of my life . Don Rickles is funnier right now in death than most comics are in life."

Actor Mark Wahlberg tweeted: "#DonRickles was an absolute legend, my favorite comedian, and also my friend. Rest in peace."

Comedian and actor Rob Brydon tweeted: "Terribly saddened to hear that the wonderful Don Rickles has passed away. A truly great comedian, a master of his craft."

Ozzy Osbourne shared a clip of himself and Rickles appearing as guests on a talk show with the caption: "Rest in Peace @DonRickles."

Talk show host Larry King tweeted: "A national treasure is gone. Don Rickles' talent was limitless. To know him was a gift. He kept me laughing during 58-years of friendship."

Actor Samuel L Jackson posted a photo of himself and Rickles to Instagram with the caption: "Farewell to a comedic legend & dear friend, Don Rickles. I know you're cracking them up in the Great Beyond!"

Actor Reece Shearsmith tweeted: "RIP the legendary "Mr Warmth" himself - Don Rickles. Funny man."

Comedian Bob Saget tweeted: "My friend, my dad, the funniest biggest hearted of them all. A beautiful husband and father. My heart is broken. Rest In Peace. Don Rickles."

Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted: "Don Rickles, you kept us laughing for so many years. We will miss you dearly. Thanks for the zingers. You were one of a kind."

Actor Billy Crystal tweeted: "Don Rickles has passed away. A giant loss."

TV host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "90 years with Don Rickles weren't enough. One of the sweetest and most lovely people I had the pleasure of knowing. We miss you already."

Rickles' most recent tweet marked his wedding anniversary in March.

He wrote: "We are celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary March 14th. Happy Anniversary my dear wife, Barbara. You are my life. Pussycat (Me)"

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