‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Richard Belzer Dead At 78: Mariska Hargitay & Chris Meloni Pay Tribute

The “Law and Order” family has lost a beloved member. Richard Belzer, best known for his work as Det. John Munch on the long-running series, died on Sunday at age 78, NBC News confirms. Belzer appeared on the show from 1999 to 2016 and reportedly passed away at his home in France. “SVU” castmates Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni were among those who paid tribute to their friend with touching messages on social media.