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Ice T Opens Up About Richard Belzer's Passing: 'I Love Him, Man'

star  recently appeared on  and opened up about the recent passing of his former co-star,  on .

After discussing his —which included getting a and —Ice T's  interview took a more bittersweet turn when brought up Belzer.

“I have one of the greatest weeks of my life. I go out, have fun at the Grammys, I get this star. Everybody’s like ‘Ice, Ice, this is your week.’ [I] wake up the next day, Belzer passed away,” Ice T said. 

“So those moments when I was having fun, that was just a short blip. And now I gotta deal with the death of one of my really close friends,” he added introspectively.

then went on to discuss the dynamic between himself and Belzer on set. “I mean, when I came on , me and Belzer, we clicked really quickly," he said. "It's hard to talk about Belzer without being funny, but Belzer was like-"

“He was one of the funniest people on Earth,” Fallon commented.

Ice T continued to reminiscence about Belzer’s memorable sense of humor. “Belzer got me real quick. He says, ‘Ice T, you’re gonna be my partner. You know what I look for in a script?’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘Days off,”" he recollected, causing the audience to roar with laughter. “He said, ‘We’re both nightclub entertainers. We both don’t like working late, and we don’t like working much. Me and you will be great partners.’”

“I love Belzer, man,” Ice T concluded with a sentimental sigh.

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passed away in February at the age of 78.  Shortly after the news broke, Ice T took to his official Instagram page to .

“Highs and Lows… After one of the most amazing weeks of my life. I wake up to the news I lost my friend today. Belz is gone.. Damn it! But remember this..’When you ARE having real fun and are Truly Happy. ENJOY it to the fullest! Cause Pain is inevitably coming.’ I’ll miss you Homie 🙏” he captioned a post with an of the two.

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