Louie Anderson dies at 68: Comedian passes away at a hospital in Las Vegas after battle with blood cancer
- The actor and stand up died Friday morning in Las Vegas after battling cancer
- He’d been receiving treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma
- Louie has a prolific comedy career and won three Emmy Awards
- He appeared in movies Baskets and Coming to America
Louie Anderson has died at age of 68 after battling blood cancer.
The comedian is said to have passed away in Las Vegas on Friday morning, his publicist confirmed.
Anderson had entered hospital earlier this week for treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a form of cancer.
There is no indication yet as to when Anderson was diagnosed with his health struggles.
Louie Anderson has died at 68, after it was revealed he was battling cancer (Pic, 2018)
His longtime publicist Glenn Schwartz first confirmed the news to Deadline.
The news comes after his friend, comedy actor Pauly Shore, said yesterday that he was saying his goodbyes to Anderson.
Shore, 53, took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, revealing he just left the hospital in Las Vegas, where Anderson had been surrounded by his family.
‘Attention comedians and @TheComedyStore alumni’s 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,’ Shore said.
Gone: Louie Perry Anderson will be remembered fondly by fans for his stand-up work and film roles in movies such as Coming To America
The winner of three Emmy awards, Louie has a prolific career which includes roles in Baskets and the hit film Coming to America.
He returned for its sequel, Coming 2 America, last year.
Last year Louie expressed surprise after learning Eddie Murphy was ‘forced’ to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America because studio execs wanted to include a ‘white person’.
Murphy made the claim during an appearance on NBC’s Today, stating: ‘The whole cast was black, and the studio was like ‘We have to have someone white in this movie or we’re not going to make it’… So that’s how Louie wound up in the film.’
Last year Louie expressed surprise after learning Eddie Murphy was ‘forced’ to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America because studio execs wanted to include a ‘white person’
Anderson – who played fast food worker Maurice in the blockbuster comedy – spent the past 33 years unaware that he was a token inclusion, and took to Twitter to share his shock.
‘Wait, what?’ he wrote in a Twitter post shared above a clip of Murphy making the claim.
Anderson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, making his nationally-televised comedy debut on The Tonight Show in 1984.
He had small roles in movies like Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before he was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which ran for eight seasons.
He also starred in small roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Coming to America and more while continuing to perform stand-up comedy.
He created and starred in The Louie Show in 1996 and continued to work in movies and TV throughout the 2000s.
He won his first Emmy for playing Christine Baskets in the FX comedy series Baskets, which ran from 2016 to 2019.
Roles: He had small roles in movies like Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before he was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which ran for eight seasons