Leslie Nielsen's nephew has paid tribute to his late uncle in an emotional interview, describing the comic legend as a "caring, naturally funny guy" and a "truly nice man" who will be greatly missed.
The Naked Gun actor passed away on Sunday (28Nov10) after 12 days battling pneumonia in a Florida hospital.
Nielsen's nephew Doug has spoken out about the sad news, describing the Canadian star as one of his "best friends" and insisting the world has lost a leading light of comedy.
He tells the Vancouver Sun, "He had been in the hospital with pneumonia for the past 12 days, and in the last 48 hours it just got worse. This afternoon, surrounded by family, his wife and friends, he basically just fell asleep. It was very peaceful.
"He was truly a nice man. A very caring, naturally funny guy in day-to-day life, not just because someone wrote something on paper for him. He was a very tender-hearted man. He was one of my best friends and I loved him dearly. I'll miss him greatly."