Tom Smothers of The Smothers Brothers Dead at 86

Tom Smothers, one half of the famous singing comedy team the “Smothers Brothers,” has passed away at the age of 86. His brother, Dick Smothers, announced the news of Tom’s death, stating that he died at home as a result of cancer.

In his statement, Dick expressed his grief over the loss of his brother and described him as a loving older brother and a one-of-a-kind creative partner. The two brothers had spent a lifetime together, both on and off stage, for over 60 years. Dick expressed his gratitude for the time they had shared and the love and respect they had for each other.

Tom and Dick Smothers rose to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s with their appearances on TV variety shows and popular albums of their stage performances. In 1967, they landed their own variety show, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” which became one of the most hotly debated TV programs during the Vietnam War period.

The Smothers Brothers were known for their political satire and outspokenness against the Vietnam War. They took a strong stance against then-President Lyndon B. Johnson and criticized the war through their show. Their outspokenness eventually led to the cancellation of their show by CBS in 1969, at the end of its third season. This move sparked outrage among anti-war activists and free speech advocates.

Despite the cancellation, the Smothers Brothers sued CBS for breach of contract and eventually received a settlement of $775,000. The show made a short-lived revival in 1988 but ended after one season.

Tom Smothers’ passing is a loss for the world of comedy and entertainment. His legacy as a talented performer, political satirist, and creative partner to his brother will be remembered by fans and fellow comedians alike. Rest in peace, Tom Smothers.

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