Tragically, comedian Robert Schimmel—who had been battling cancer for a decade—died last night from injuries sustained in a car crash in Phoenix eight days earlier, after his daughter Aliyah swerved to avoid an accident in her lane.
We here at BlogTalkRadio will always remember the Howard Stern Show regular for his numerous appearances on Mr. Media Interviews.
“I chose the title—Cancer on $5 a Day* *(chemo not included)—because I wanted people to know right up front that I’m not Deepak Chopra or Dr. Phil, and that I am a comedian this is about cancer. But there are lighthearted moments in it,” he told host Bob Andelman in April 2008 of his new book.
“The only other choice I had for a title—[the publisher] wanted something like My Unplanned Journey, which—that’s not me. The other title was, When Bad Things Happen to Seemingly Good People.
“But I like Cancer on $5 a Day. That grabs you and you look at it…and I’m very proud of it.
“First of all, it’s dedicated to my son [Derek, who died of cancer at age 11]. I’ve waiting ever since that happened to find something I could do and leave a mark for him after I’m not here anymore.
“And if [the book] gives somebody hope or inspiration or they go, ‘Wow, he’s seven years out from what he had, and I just started treatment now, then I can do it’—then what I went through wasn’t for nothing.”
Later in the interview, Robert signed off in a gracious, funny manner that will live on in out heart for years to come.
“Let’s do it again some time. But let’s hope I don’t have to get another disease or write another book to get back on your show.”
Click here to hear Robert Schimmel’s full Mr. Media interview from March 5, 2008.
Click here to hear Robert Schimmel’s full Mr. Media interview from April 4, 2008.