Howard Stern mourned the loss of Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch after the 39-year-old died Saturday after he suffered from cardiac-related problems. Stern had a sincere moment on “The Howard Stern Show” Monday.
“I knew Eric's situation with his health,” Stern, 60, said, according to Us Weekly. “I knew that we'd lose him at any time; I knew it. But I never really thought the day would come. [He] just seemed to be beating the odds all the time. I gotta tell you, it affected me so much. I always loved giving Eric airtime. Eric loved airtime.”
Lynch was less than 3 and half feet tall, but his personality was limitless. The Sacramento, California resident died in an area hospital, TMZ reported.
— Stern Show (@sternshow) September 22, 2014
Lynch started calling the show in 2002. He quickly became a member of the “Wack Pack,” a group of frequent callers to Stern’s radio show. He was infamous for giving the radio host a hard time and soon developed his own fandom.
He even made a fan of comedian Jimmy Kimmel. “I’ve been with him since the ’90s and he is, as he would say, the only normal caller that I would remember that fought so much with you. None of the other ones would fight so much with you,” Kimmel said.
Stern and Kimmel reminiscent about when Lynch banned himself from the show. Three months later, “Derek from Texas” called in.
“Of course it was Eric,” Stern said laughing. “He could not disguise his voice. He put on a bit of an accent. And I'd play along, I'd say, 'Derek, you know Eric could never call in again, but you I'd talk to.’ And he'd say ‘Yesss that's right. Howdy ya'll.' And once in a while he'd screw up and call himself Eric.”
Celebrities like Zac Efron, Zac Braff, Jeff Probst, Jonah Hill and Kimmel took to Twitter to pay homage to Lynch after his passing. Their messages have been posted below:
— Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) September 22, 2014
I just found out that Eric The Actor passed away. He entertained me for years. So sad that this great man left us. RIP Eric.
— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) September 21, 2014
If you haven't heard, @howardstern fans, Eric The Actor has passed away. Thanks for the entertainment. RIP.
— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) September 22, 2014
RIP #EricTheActor. If there's an after-life I hope you're bigger than Johnny Depp.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 22, 2014
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 22, 2014
RIP Eric the Actor....thank you for all the laughs, I'm pouring out a 2 liter Pepsi in your honor...ack ack
— mark mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath) September 21, 2014
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