Don Knotts' Daughter Couldn't Stop Laughing After Leaving His Deathbed

April 10, 2018

When Don Knotts was on his deathbed, his daughter Karen recalls rushing out of his room so she could laugh. Odd thing to say in an interview, right?



Don Knotts was best known for his starring role as Deputy Barney on "The Andy Griffith Show." He passed away in 2006 at age 81. He suffered from pulmonary and respiratory complications.



As she was speaking with "Closer Weekly" about her father, she said that if anyone knew her dad, they wouldn't be offended by her surprise response.


“Here’s the thing about my dad,” she said. “He had this funniness that was just completely, insanely natural. When he was dying, he was making us laugh in hysterics.



"He was literally dying, but he did something or said something that caused my stepmother and me to go into fits of laughter, which is why I ran out. I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to be standing there in front of this man, my dearly beloved father, who’s dying, and laughing.'”


Understandably so, most people would feel uncomfortable laughing in front of someone who was dying. Karen, however, did have one regret during their final moments together.



“I was telling this story to Howard Storm, who’s a director, and he said, ‘You should have stayed and laughed out loud,’” she said. “‘That’s what comedians live for!’ He was right; I should have just stood there and blasted out laughing.”


Over a decade later, Karen decided to write a memoir and is now working on a show about her childhood called "Tied Up In Knotts!"



"The Andy Griffith Show" was on the air from 1960 to 1968. Andy Griffith and Knotts later worked together on the series "Matlock" in 1988 to 1992.


"He was also a very loving father," Karen adds. "He didn't like to go out and do things like you picture most fathers going out and doing — you know, outdoorsy stuff — because he was a very internal kind of person. He liked to tell stories and talk. He talked a lot about other celebrities, like Jackie Gleason. We talked about show business a lot. He was a showbiz person."


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