Louis Anderson dies at 68 | American comic and star of Baskets

Louis Anderson dies at 68

American comic and star of Baskets

American comedian Louie Anderson has died at the age of 68.

He died in Las Vegas this morning, days after entering  hospital for treatment for a form of blood cancer.

His death was reported by fellow comic Pauly Shore on Twitter, and confirmed to US media by his publicist

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A stand-up, actor and game-show host, Anderson was most recently known for his role as Christine Baskets, the mother of Zach Galifianakis’ characters Chip and Dale on the FX series Baskets.

He recorded six solo stand-up specials over the years, most recently 2018’s Louie Anderson: Big Underwear, and hosted Family Feud – America’s version of Family Fortunes for three years.

In the mid-1990s he had his own short-lived sitcom The Louie Show  and launched the family cartoon Life with Louie, based on his own childhood, which ran for three series.

His other roles included Eddie Murphy’s 1988 film Coming to America and its 2021 sequel, and  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Published: 21 Jan 2022

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