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Coming to America actor, Emmy-winning and comedian Louie Anderson dies at age 68 after cancer battle

Louie Anderson, comic, Emmy winner for ‘Baskets,’ dead at 68 after battling cancer, his publicist confirmed.

Louie Anderson, Emmy-Winning Comedian, Passes Away at Sixty-eight

The Baskets star died in Las Vegas, where he had entered hospital this week for treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a form of cancer.

Deadline reports Anderson passed away Friday morning at a Las Vegas hospital where he had been getting treatment for diffuse large B cell lymphoma, according to the comedian’s publicist Glenn Schwartz.

The news arrives just several hours after fellow comedian Pauly Shore took to Twitter on Thursday to provide an update on Anderson’s declining health. “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 wrote.

Anderson’s comedic debut came in 1984 when he did his first televised standup routine on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. From there, the St. Paul, Minnesota native secured small roles in a string of 1980s films such as 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and 1988’s Coming to America.

In the 1990s, Anderson created the Fox animated series Life with Louie, which ran for three seasons and earned him two consecutive Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the host of the iconic game show Family Feud.

In 1988 film ‘Coming to America’ he played Maurice, the aspiring assistant manager of McDowell’s who enthusiastically worked his way up the ladder by learning the finer points of fast food.

“Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys,” Maurice told Prince Akeem and Semmi (played by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall). “But now . . . now I’m washing lettuce. Soon I’ll be on fries; then the grill. In a year or two, I’ll make assistant manager, and that’s when the big bucks start rolling in.”


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