("Columbo") died peaceably according to friends and family on June 23, 2011 at his home in California's exclusive community "Beverly hills". He was 83.
Best know perhaps for his role as Lieutenant Columbo - the absent minded, sometimes forgetful detective, who delighted audiences with his unusual murder investigations where he entrapped killers and murders, usually in confessions...He will be sorely missed by everyone!
With messy hair, wearing a disheveled trench coat and sporting an unlit cigar he was one of televisions greatest iconic detectives.
Falk was born in New York of Jewish/hungarian ancestry, and rose to fame from very humble beginning.
When I told a friend that Columbo died he said: "Oh no - Peter Falk, who played Columbo, was TV's greatest ever detective has died? I can't believe it." This was typical of the reactions of people.
One elderly lady at Ricks Grocery Store, in LaCrosse, Kansas said: "Aw - so long Peter Falk - we all love him here." I said, "I know that is true, it's OK".
Sporting a tear in her eye she said: "That is so sad - God Bless him", to which I responded "amen"! Then we both hugged and cried a little a bit, before people began to look at us and wonder what was going on? As I left she was telling others, who were also shocked by the news of Peter Falk's death.