The news was confirmed to People, explaining that Conway died due to complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). At the time of his death, he had no signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Conway was best known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, for which he won a Golden Globe in 1976 and Emmys in 1973, 1977 and 1978. One of his most famous sketches on the show was "The Dentist," which remains a favourite among comedy enthusiasts to this day.
Outside of The Carol Burnett Show, Conway starred in McHale's Navy and two iterations of The Tim Conway Show. He also starred in the golf-themed Dorf franchise.
More recently, he appeared in 30 Rock and voiced the character of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants.
Conway is survived by his wife of 35 years, their seven grandchildren and two granddaughters.
Watch "The Dentist" below, where you'll also find tributes to Conway from his peers and protégés.
When I was a kid watching "The Carol Burnett Show," no one made me laugh harder than Tim Conway. What a sweet and effortlessly funny man.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) May 14, 2019
Tim Conway made me laugh. A great gift and talent. Carol, my friend, my hand in yours as you miss him. pic.twitter.com/BGGjBzJRfg— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) May 14, 2019
Rest in peace to the hilarious and kindhearted, Tim Conway. I had the pleasure of knowing him. pic.twitter.com/M6WTw6UXnc— Larry King (@kingsthings) May 14, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of #TimConway at 85. His Dentist sketch with Harvey Korman on the #CarolBurnett Show is still one of the funniest 9:00 you will watch on TV. Do yourself a favor and watch in his honor pic.twitter.com/xHJJEWTi46— Al Roker (@alroker) May 14, 2019
So sad to hear about Tim Conway's death. One of my heroes, truly. Did a live sketch w him for NY comedy festival. When we met to "rehearse", he made me laugh for a solid hour. He didn't have to. For him to treat me as even close to an equal will always be a cherished honor.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 14, 2019