Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, and More 'Law & Order' Stars Astonish with Heartfelt Tributes to Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer's Law & Order: SVU co-stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to the beloved actor and comedian following his unfortunate passing.

The news of Belzer's death came on Sunday, as he peacefully departed at his residence in Bozouls, France at the age of 78. While the cause of death remains unknown, former Late Show with David Letterman writer Bill Scheft confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Belzer had been battling various health issues.

In light of this devastating news, Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, and Ice-T expressed their grief on social media, reflecting on the dear friend and colleague they had lost. Hargitay, known for her role as Captain Olivia Benson, shared heartfelt words on her Instagram along with fan photos of her and Belzer. "Goodbye my dear, dear friend," she wrote. "I feel blessed to have known you and adored you and worked with you, side by side, for so many years." Captioning the tribute post, Hargitay further shared words from the show's creator, Dick Wolf, who recognized the immense impact Belzer had on the series. "Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch is one of television's iconic characters," Wolf wrote. "Richard brought humor and joy into all our lives, was the consummate professional and we will all miss him very much. " Christopher Meloni, who portrayed Detective Stabler on the show, took to Instagram to honor Belzer's memory. Reflecting on their time together, Meloni described Belzer as a beautiful soul with the spirit of a child. "Never met anyone like him, and I never will again," he wrote. Sharing a throwback photo of him kissing Belzer's cheek, Meloni bid farewell to his beloved friend and colleague.

However, his legacy as Detective John Munch will forever remain an iconic part of television history. As the Law & Order: SVU community mourns his passing, they honor his immense talent, professionalism, and the joy he brought to their lives. Richard Belzer will be dearly missed, but his memory will live on through the impact he left on the world of entertainment.