On April 8, 2003, stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield underwent brain surgery to improve blood flow in preparation for heart valve-replacement surgery on a later date. The surgery took place on August 24, 2004. Upon entering the hospital, he uttered another characteristic one-liner when asked how long he would be hospitalized: "If all goes well, about a week. If not, about an hour and a half."
In September 2004, it was revealed that Dangerfield had been in a coma for several weeks. Afterward, he began breathing on his own and showing signs of awareness when visited by friends, however, he died on October 5, 2004 at the UCLA Medical Center, a month and a half shy of his 83rd birthday, from complications of the surgery he had undergone in August. Dangerfield was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. His headstone reads, "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood." The Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is home to such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Stratten, and Dominique Dunne.