💔 Mariska Hargitay Heartbroken over Richard Belzer's Passing: "Goodbye My Precious Friend" 💔

Mariska Hargitay paid tribute to her late Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star Richard Belzer, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 78.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Hargitay expressed her deep sorrow. "Goodbye my dear, dear friend," she wrote. "I will miss you, your unique light, and your singular take on this strange world. I feel blessed to have known you and adored you and worked with you, side by side, for so many years." She ended the post by saying, "How lucky the angels are to have you. I love you so very much, now and forever."

Belzer, who was not only an actor but also a comedian and an author, passed away at his home in Bozouls, a small commune in southwest France. The exact cause of death has not yet been disclosed.Bill Scheft, a former writer for Late Show with David Letterman, confirmed the news of Belzer's death to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Belzer will be forever remembered for his portrayal of Detective John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He first played the character on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993 before reprising the role in the Law & Order parent series. Throughout his career, Belzer appeared in nearly 330 episodes of SVU from 1999 to 2013, with two additional cameos in 2014 and 2016.

Law & Order: SVU creator Dick Wolf also released a statement following Belzer's passing. "Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch is one of television's iconic characters," he remarked. "Richard brought humor and joy into all our lives, was the consummate professional, and we will all miss him very much."

The entertainment world bids farewell to a cherished talent, remembering Richard Belzer's humor, dedication, and his unforgettable portrayal of Detective John Munch.