Dr Pepper, Cannonball Run, and Dom DeLuise

Here at BevReview.com, we were sad to hear the news that Dom DeLuise passed away on May 5.

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise, portly actor-comedian who late in life became a noted chef, dies at 75

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dom DeLuise, the portly entertainer and chef whose affable nature made him a popular character actor for decades with movie and TV audiences as well as directors and fellow actors, has died. He was 75.

Agent Robert Malcolm said DeLuise died about 6 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Malcolm said the family did not release the cause of death. “He had high blood pressure, he had diabetes, he had lots of things,” but seemed fine as recently as two weeks ago, he said. DeLuise entered the hospital on Friday and his wife and all three sons were there when he died “peacefully,” Malcolm said.

A family statement said, “It’s easy to mourn to his death but easier to remember a time when he made you laugh.”

While he will be remembered for so many comedy parts in TV and movies, we’ll remember him for his short bit of beverage product placement in the 1981 film, Cannonball Run, where he starred with Burt Reynolds.

The folks at Dr Pepper should be proud:

Video: Dom DeLuise sings Dr Pepper jingle in “Cannonball Run”

What ever happened to jingles in commercials? Everyone seems to remember the classic catchy Dr Pepper jingle:

I’m a Pepper
You’re a Pepper
He’s a Pepper
She’s a Pepper
Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?

RIP, Mr. DeLuise… Dr Pepper Product Placement Pitchman!

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