In honour of the twentieth anniversary of the film Tommy Boy
, actor David Spade posted a tribute of his late friend, Chris Farley, via Instagram:
Spade’s former best buddy was only 33-years-old when he died from a drug overdose in 1997. So many of the world’s funny people left the stage too soon, below are just a few of those we’ll always miss.
John Candy (1950 – 1994)
The loveable star of such classic films as Planes, Trains and Automobiles
and Uncle Buck
died from a heart attack at the age of 43.
John Belushi (1949 – 1982)
alum that got caught up in a life in the fast lane was John Belushi. The star of Animal House
and The Blues Brothers
was only 33-years-old when he overdosed on cocaine and heroin.
Phil Hartman (1948 – 1998)
Multi-talented Phil Hartman was known as “The Glue” during his days on SNL
because of his ability in keeping the show together. Hartman kept the laughs coming after his tenure on the late night comedy show in his role as Bill McNeal on NewsRadio.
The actor was shot and killed by his third wife, Brynn Omdahl, who then turned the gun on herself hours later. The comedian, who was also a graphic artist, was 49.
Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989)
An original SNL
cast member, Gilda Radner paved the way for future comediennes like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Radner lost her battle with cancer in 1989, she was 42.
Bernie Mac (1957 – 2008)
With roles in major blockbusters like 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven
and our personal fav, Bad Santa,
Mac’s star was on the rise before he died of complications from pneumonia at 50.
Mitch Hedberg (1968 – 2005)
Surrealist comedian Mitch Hedberg became a cult favourite with his unique comedic delivery and quirky one-liners. Hedberg was found dead in his hotel room at 37, the cause of death was determined to be an overdose from a mix of cocaine and heroin.
Greg Giraldo (1965 – 2010)
Best known for his acerbic appearances on Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roasts
, Giraldo is yet another victim of chemical reliance after overdosing on prescription medication at 44.
Andy Kaufman (1949 – 1984)
The circumstances around Andy Kaufman’s (supposed) death are just as unusual as some of his comedic choices. Kaufman delivered some bizarre performances in his day, including one where he took his entire audience out for milk and cookies. The Taxi
star officially died from kidney failure as a result of a rare form of lung cancer in 1984. Though some fans hold out hope that his death was part of a legendary hoax. Kaufman used to joke that if he were to fake his own death he would return to public life twenty years later. That milestone passed in 2004 and a book co-authored by Kuafman’s former girlfriend – which was released last year – claims the SNL
alumnus is alive and in hiding to this day.
John Ritter (1948 – 2003)
Everyone’s favourite roommate, John Ritter is best known for his role as Jack Tripper on Three’s Company
. Ritter made his television comeback in 2002 with the series 8 Simple Rules
. Sadly the actor died from an aortic dissection just days before his 55th
Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)
Our most recent and tragic loss, Robin Williams proved himself to be a master of comedy and drama during his Hollywood tenure in such classics as Good Morning, Vietnam
and Mrs. Doubtfire
. Williams took his own life last August after a long battle with depression.