The first out gay comic to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the first gay comedian toi have his own HBO Comedy half-hour has died of ALS aged 59, his partner Michael Zam has confirmed. Smith was survived by Zam and his two children, the comedian’s mother and siblings also lived with him. Mr. Smith also appeared in a number of other TV shows, and wrote a collection of essays titled Openly Bob, which won the Lambda Literary Award for humor. Another collection of essays, Way To Go, Smith, was nominated for the same award and he later wrote his debut novel, Selfish and Perverse. He is known also for writing for the MTV Video Awards, Dennis Miller, Roseanne and MAD-TV.As well as writing for TV, Smith also contributed to Out magazine and the Advocate and his essays appeared in America’s Best Contemporary Humourists, 101 Damnations and When I Knew. He worked with Jaffe Cohen and Danny McWilliams, both comedians are openly gay too.