When comedian Robert Schimmel died in a car accident last month, friends and family say that the comic was in financial ruins.
At the time of his death, Schimmel's health was failing and he was waiting for a liver transplant. He had medical bills and minimal health insurance.
And now, family members are asking for donations to help pay for his daughter Aliyah's care, who was riding in the car with Schimmel at the time of his death. Although she thankfully survived the crash, she was critically injured and is still recovering.
His daughter Jessica wrote on his website:
"On September 3rd, Robert, 60 years old, was taken off life support and died around 8:30 p.m. leaving three little boys and two big girls without a dad, a granddaughter without a grandpa and the world without brilliant comedy and the most generous heart. His son Derek had already passed in 1992 from cancer. The guy who survived cancer, a heart attack and countless other medical problems died in an unexpected car accident.
Due to his health, his life insurance was minimal. He was truly in dire straits financially. Now his first wife Vick is unable to work due to the fact she has to spend 24 hours a day helping Aliyah through her recovery which is anticipated to be at least a year. And there are huge medical bills to be paid. And the family lost their health insurance when Robert died as well as of child support. There are hundreds of thousands in medical bills to be paid and in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy it is taking its toll on the family."
So sad. We wish his family the best and a speedy recovery for his daughter.
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