Louie Anderson, beloved comedian, passed away on Friday. He was 68 years old. Glenn Schwartz, his publicist confirmed that Anderson had died. The Washington PostThe Emmy-winner died from complications caused by his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Privately, he was fighting cancer for over a decade.
Anderson was the second child of eleven children, and was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1953. His professional stand-up journey began in the mid 1980s. It eventually led him to films in classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Take off and Coming to America. In the ’90s he launched a beloved Saturday morning cartoon called Life with Louie, which was loosely based around his childhood. Anderson went on to host Family Feud from 1999 to 2002,And then later won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the FX dramedy Baskets.
Pauly Shore, an actor and comedian, was killed just hours before Anderson. Twitter: to issue a heartbreaking message about his beloved peer. “Attention comedians and [The Comedy Store] alumni’s I say this with a heavy heart,”Shore began. Shore continued to state that he had “just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson his sisters and close friend were kind enough to let me say my goodbyes.”Shore stated at the time that Anderson was “still with us,”But asked friends and family to help. “keep him in your prayers.”
Many of Anderson’s friends and peers took to social media to grieve his death. “Louie Anderson was a very dear friend and one of the people who very early in my career believed in me and would put me and a couple of other comics he loved up in a hotel in Vegas and pay us to open for him when we needed money. What a huge loss. Rest in peace my friend,” Tweet comedian and writer Travon Free.
“Louie Anderson: Your generosity of spirit will cover the world from above,”Henry Winkler wrote in a Tweet. “We are so lucky you were on earth for a moment, spreading your humor all over like bars of living god. Good Bye.” Actor Michael McKean added, “Baskets was such a phenomenal ‘second act’ for Louie Anderson. I wish he’d gotten a third. RIP.”