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    'F*ck Him': Bill Maher Polarises Online Audience With Scathing 'Eulogy' to Billionaire David Koch

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    Berating the departed for the support he and his brother provided to “climate science deniers,” Maher said he hopes that David Koch’s end was painful.

    American comedian and TV host Bill Maher has apparently managed to stir up quite a storm on social media with his less than tactful commentary on the recent demise of American billionaire David Koch.

    Delivering his “eulogy” to Koch during a recent episode of his HBO talk show, Maher said that he’s going to “reevaluate” his low opinion of prostate cancer, which apparently caused the billionaire’s demise.

    "Condolences poured in from all the politicians he owned, and mourners have been asked in lieu of flowers to just leave their car engines running. As for his remains, he’s been asked to be cremated and have his ashes blown into a child’s lungs," Maher said.

    He also bashed the Koch brothers for their funding of "climate science deniers," promptly saying "f*ck him" about the deceased.

    "The Amazon is burning up. I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful," Maher concluded.

    His speech elicited a somewhat mixed response online with many social media users unamused by Maher’s words.

    But others seemed to share Maher's feelings about Koch.

    Billionaire conservative icon and lobbyist David Koch passed away on 23 August at the age of 79, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.  

    Koch was recently ranked by Forbes as the 11th richest person in the world, with a net worth of around $42.4 billion. He was a well-known philanthropist and a supporter of various Republican and libertarian-leaning think tanks and educational institutions.

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