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Louie Anderson dies at age 68: comedian dies in hospital in Las Vegas after battle with cancer

Louie Anderson dies at age 68: comedian dies in hospital in Las Vegas after battle with cancer

  • The actor and stand-up died Friday morning in Las Vegas after battling cancer
  • He received treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Louie has a prolific comedy career and has won three Emmy Awards
  • He appeared in movies Baskets and Coming to America



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Louie Anderson has died aged 68 after battling cancer.

The comedian would have died Friday morning in Las Vegas, his publicist confirms.

Anderson was hospitalized earlier this week for treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a cancer.

There is no indication yet when Anderson was diagnosed with his health problems.

Louie Anderson has died aged 68 after it was revealed he was battling cancer (Photo, 2018)

Louie Anderson has died aged 68 after it was revealed he was battling cancer (Photo, 2018)

His longtime publicist Glenn Schwartz first confirmed the news: Deadline.

The news comes after his friend, comedic actor Pauly Shore, said yesterday that he was saying goodbye to Anderson.

Shore, 53, took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to reveal that he had just left the hospital in Las Vegas, where Anderson was surrounded by his family.

Attention comedians and @TheComedyStore alumni I say this with a heavy heart just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson, his sisters and good friend were kind enough to let me say goodbye, he is still with us, but keep him in your prayers,” Shore said.

Past: Louie Perry Anderson will be fondly remembered by fans for his stand-up work and film roles in films such as Coming To America

Past: Louie Perry Anderson will be fondly remembered by fans for his stand-up work and film roles in films such as Coming To America

Past: Louie Perry Anderson will be fondly remembered by fans for his stand-up work and film roles in films such as Coming To America

The winner of three Emmy awards, Louie has had a prolific career with roles in Baskets and the hit movie Coming to America.

Last year, he returned for the sequel, Coming 2 America.

Last year, Louie expressed her surprise when she learned that Eddie Murphy had been “forced” to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America, because studio executives wanted to include a “white person.”

Murphy made the claim during an appearance on NBC’s Todaystating, “The entire cast was black, and the studio was like, ‘We’ve got to have someone white in this movie or we’re not going to make it’… So that’s how Louie got into the movie.”

1642545621 681 Louie Anderson hospitalized as he seeks treatment for cancer

1642545621 681 Louie Anderson hospitalized as he seeks treatment for cancer

Last year, Louie expressed her surprise when she learned that Eddie Murphy had been “forced” to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America, because studio executives wanted to include a “white person.”

Anderson — who played fast-food worker Maurice in blockbuster comedy — was oblivious to the fact that he was a token inclusion for the past 33 years, 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, where he made his national television debut in 1984 on The Tonight Show.

He had small roles in films such as Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before being replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which would run for eight seasons.

He also starred in small roles on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Coming to America and more, while continuing to perform stand-up comedy.

He created and starred on The Louie Show in 1996 and continued to work in movies and TV through the 2000s.

He won his first Emmy for playing Christine Baskets on the FX comedy series Baskets, which ran from 2016 to 2019.

Roles: He had small roles in films such as Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before being replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which would run for eight seasons.

Roles: He had small roles in films such as Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before being replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which would run for eight seasons.

Roles: He had small roles in films such as Cloak & Dagger and was cast alongside Bronson Pinchot in The Greenhorn, before being replaced by Mark Linn-Baker in what would become Perfect Strangers, which would run for eight seasons.

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