Don Knotts’s daughter had to leave his deathbed to laugh, she said

Apr 25, 2018
11:53 P.M.
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Karen Knotts, daughter of the world-renowned comedian, Don Knotts, shared an emotional story about her father's last moments.


According to Shared, when Don Knotts was on his deathbed, his daughter felt the urge to run out of the room to not laugh at his face.

Although many people would consider this as too detached, or even mean-hearted, the woman explained that she couldn't resist.

In an interview with Closer Weekly, the woman claimed that anyone who knew her father wouldn’t be surprised by her response.

The actor, best known for playing the role of Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, died in 2006 at the age of 81.


The comedian's daughter claimed that her father had a natural gift when it came to making everyone in the room laugh hysterically.

She said that although he was dying, he did or said something that caused her stepmother to go into "fits of laughter," which caused her to leave the room.

"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,'" she said.

Karen has one regret about this moment with the celebrated comedian, but she understood it after discussing it with someone else.


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

Karen insisted that, while her father had a difficult childhood, he never lost his sense of humor. This must be true, as he managed to make his own family laugh out loud while he was dying.