Louie Anderson has finally succumbed to his illness and passed away at the age of 68.
The comedian, actor, writer, and game-show host was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and was getting treated in a Las Vegas Hospital before his passing.
The day before the news of his passing broke, comedian Pauly Shore shared on Twitter that he had visited the comedian to say goodbye:
“I say this with a heavy heart just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson his sisters and close friend were kind enough to let me say my goodbyes he’s still with us but keep him in your prayers.”
The Emmy award winning actor began his television-comedy career in 1984 when he made his TV stand-up debut on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The set was emblematic of Anderson’s stand-up sensibility, with jokes about his weight, his family, and growing up in the Midwest.
In 1994, Anderson created and starred in the animated series, Life With Louie, a fictionalized version of his childhood in the Midwest. The show won him two Emmy awards. He is the only three-time recipient of the Humanitas Prizes for writing on a children’s animated series.
FX, the network behind Louie Anderson’s hit series, Baskets, released a statement following the news of Anderson’s death. It reads:
“We are so deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Louie Anderson. For four wonderful seasons, Louie graced us and fans of Baskets with a bravura performance as Christine Baskets, for which he deservedly was recognized by his peers with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. It was a risky role for him and he embraced it with a fearlessness and joy that demonstrated his brilliance as an artist. He truly cared about his craft and was a true professional in every sense. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and his Baskets family — Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan Krisel and Martha Kelly and all the cast and crew. He will be missed by us all but never forgotten and always bring a smile to our faces.”
Celebtrites have also taken to social media to pay their respects to the actor.