Louie Anderson, best known for his role on Baskets, has died.
He was being treated for Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma., but lost his battle on Friday morning, his publicist told TMZ.
Anderson was named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” and won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and for Baskets, which ran for four seasons until 2019.
I’m not as nice in the character as my mom was as a person. It really is an extension of my mom.
It felt like it was divine intervention when I got the call to be on the show… that somehow my mom, from the great beyond, was finally getting herself into show business where she truly belonged in the first place.”
Louie made his national television debut on The Tonight Show in 1984.
He also took a turn hosting Family Feud for three years. Comedian Pauly Shore revealed that he said his goodbyes to Louie just one day before his death. He took to Twitter yesterday to ask fans to keep the comedy legend in their prayers after visiting him in hospital.
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.”
Louie Anderson was 68.
Louie Anderson, Emmy-Winning Comedian, Dies at 68 https://t.co/nNTWDanDfQ— Variety (@Variety) January 21, 2022