Louie Anderson, Emmy Award-winning comedian and game show host, dies at 68

  • Comedian and actor Louie Anderson died on Friday. He was 68 years old.
  • The stand-up star announced days before he was to be treated for blood cancer.
  • Anderson won an Emmy in 2016 for her role in the FX comedy “Sneakers.”

Comedian and actor Louie Anderson has died aged 68.

Anderson died in Las Vegas Friday morning, days after announcing he was hospitalized for blood cancer, Deadline reported.

Anderson had been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), his rep told Good Morning America.

Throughout his 30-year comedy career, Anderson starred on “The Tonight Show,” guest-starred on “Coming to America,” and was a renowned stand-up comedian. He won a primetime Emmy in 2016 for his role in the FX comedy “Sneakers” and was nominated for the award twice more.

Anderson’s representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Louie Anderson stands up

Louis Anderson in 1994.

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Anderson’s comedy style throughout his career was based on growing up as the second youngest of 11 children in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Anderson starred on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1984 and went on to become one of the decade’s biggest comedians.

He starred in numerous stand-up comedy specials, made more appearances on late-night talk shows, and landed a role in the 1988 comedy “Coming to America.”

In 1995, Anderson created and starred in the hit Fox animated series “Life with Louie,” winning two daytime Emmys. He also acted as the host of “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002.

Anderson hit his peak as a critical actor in 2016 when he began his role as the overbearing mother of a rodeo clown played by Zack Galifianakis in the FX series “Baskets.” Anderson won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the show’s first season.

In a statement, FX said Anderson “honored us and ‘Baskets’ fans with a brave performance.”

“It was a risky role for him and he embraced it with a fearlessness and joy that demonstrated his genius as an artist,” the network continued. “He truly cared about his craft and was a true professional in every way. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and his ‘Sneakers’ family – Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan Krisel and Martha Kelly, as well as all the cast and team. He will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten, and will always bring a smile to our faces.”

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