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Mike Batayeh, of 'Breaking Bad,' Dies at Age 52

LOS ANGELES – Mike Batayeh, an actor and stand-up comedian known for his role in "Breaking Bad," as the manager of Gus’s notorious laundromat, died on June 1 of a heart attack in his Michigan home.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of our dear brother, Michael (Mike) Batayeh, who passed away unexpectedly of a massive heart attack at his home," his family said in a statement.

Batayeh appeared in several popular TV shows, including "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Shield," "Sleeper Cell," "Touch" and "Breaking Bad," where he played the character of Dennis Markowski, the manager of a laundromat with a hidden meth lab. His work included several films such as "American Dreams," "Gas," "American East" and "Don't Mess With The Zohan," the comedy starring Adam Sandler as an Israeli agent-turned-hair dresser.

Batayeh also headlined at many comedy clubs such as New York’s Gotham and Los Angeles’ top clubs like The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Icehouse.


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