Schimmel was one of those comics whose entry into the upper echelon of comedians always seemed just out of reach. Fox had a deal with him to make a TV show, but it was pulled from the schedule at the last minute for retooling. Never finished.
Schimmel started off as wry sarcastic. As he got older, his health became source material. First, there was blood pressure medicine, along with his daughter's impending marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He not only mined that, but he wrote a book about it, "Cancer On $5 A Day."
It wasn't the cancer that got him. He was riding in a car, driven by his daughter. She swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and it rolled. She's in stable condition. He wasn't so lucky.
Rest easy, Schimmel. Your legacy is safe with those of us who knew where to look.