Comedian Judy Tenuta arrives at the opening of The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles, May 28, 2009.

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Tenuta, a brash standup who cheekily styled herself as the "Goddess of Love” and toured with George Carlin

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as she built her career in the 1980s golden age of comedy, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at age 65, according to her publicist.

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Tenuta died Thursday afternoon at home in Los Angeles, with her family around her, publicist Roger Neal told The Associated Press.

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The cause of death was ovarian cancer.

Her heart-shaped face, topped by bouffant hair with a flower accent, conveyed an impression of sweet innocence

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that was quickly shattered by her loud, gravelly delivery and acidic humor, expletives included.

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The accordion she made part of her act was “an instrument of love and submission,” as she fondly called it.