Comedian kills self in custody

JERUSALEM - Israel's one-time king of comedy committed suicide in his cell yesterday after being arrested for ordering revenge attacks against television executives, police and medics said.

JERUSALEM - Israel's one-time king of comedy committed suicide in his cell yesterday after being arrested for ordering revenge attacks against television executives, police and medics said.

Dudu Topaz, 62, hanged himself with the cord of an electric kettle in the early hours, according to emergency medical services.

The veteran entertainer was in June charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and aggravated assault for allegedly hiring thugs to beat up executives at Channel 2 who had dumped his show a few years ago. - Sapa-AFP

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