Hal Stuart Cohen passed away on April 5 after contracting and battling COVID-19.

Blessed with a sharp wit and keen insight, he was born to be a performer.

Cohen was a fixture on the New York comedy scene, where he used his platform to express his inner thoughts and views on the world, socially and politically. He also acted in theater productions.

On his memorial page, a childhood friend wrote: “Hal was as close to me as any family member (maybe more). He was a genuine and kind soul who reveled in the success of others. His passion and zeal for life on stage was unmatched. Luckily, my grief is overwhelmed by the joyful memories of having been his close friend for so long. ... It’s the world’s loss that he is gone.”

Cohen is survived by extended family.

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