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FRIENDS MOURN SUDDEN DEATH OF WRY FOXX

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Hollywood on Saturday mourned the death of cantankerous comedian and actor Redd Foxx, who died shortly after suffering a heart attack on the set of his new TV series "The Royal Family."

"Clearly Redd Foxx stood alone and stood the test of time," comedian Eddie Murphy said in a statement. "We all learned from him and will miss him greatly."Another message came from Jeff Sagansky, president of CBS Entertainment, whose network airs "The Royal Family."

"We are proud to have had him as part of the CBS family, and clearly we will miss him," Sagansky said.

Paramedics were called to Paramount Studios in Hollywood shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Foxx was unconscious when he was brought into the emergency room at Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. He died four hours later.

Foxx's wife of just a few months, Ka Ha Cho, and other family members were at the hospital.

Brandon Tartikoff, chairman of Paramount Pictures, which co-produces Foxx's show, said: "All of us at Paramount are sad to lose such a friend and a one-of-a-kind talent."

Foxx is best known as the cantankerous junkman Fred Sanford in "Sanford and Son," which aired from 1972 to 1978.

Funeral services were pending, family members said, but were expected to be held in Las Vegas.