‘Coming To America’ and ‘Baskets’ star Louie Anderson dies at 68: Emmy award-winning comedian passes away at a hospital in Las Vegas after battle with blood cancer

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

Louie Anderson has died at age of 68 after battling blood cancer.

The comedian passed away in Las Vegas on Friday morning, his publicist confirmed.

Anderson had entered hospital earlier this week for treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a form of cancer.

There is no indication yet as to when Anderson was diagnosed with his health struggles.

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

A statement obtained by PA from his representative said: ‘Iconic comedian Louie Anderson passed away peacefully on Friday morning January 21 in Las Vegas at age 68.

‘He is survived by his two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson.’

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

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

‘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 said.

Last year Louie revealed he had shed 40 pounds with the help of intermittent fasting.

‘I started the pandemic at about 370 or 380 pounds depending on what I was leaning on,’ he said on Conan.

‘And now I’m 340. I’m trying to get 275 so I can get into some of my mom’s actual clothes,’ he said, referring to his role on Baskets where he played Zach Galifianakis’s mother Christine Baskets.

‘I’m on the intermittent fast. One minute I’m eating, the next minute I’m not. Then I’m eating again. I figure, that way, I’m only eating for 30 minutes out of 60, which is half. I’m trying to get down to 40/20 so I’m not eating for 40 and eating for 20.’

‘No, it’s a wonderful thing, the intermittent fasting,’ he added.

The actor also said he would have to ‘retire’ his ‘fat jokes’.

‘My first joke, I walked up on stage and I said, “I can’t stay long, I’m in between meals.”‘

The winner of three Emmy awards, Louie had a prolific career which included roles in Baskets and the hit film Coming to America.

He returned for its sequel, Coming 2 America, last year.

Last year Louie expressed surprise after learning Eddie Murphy was ‘forced’ to cast him in the 1988 hit comedy Coming to America because studio execs wanted to include a ‘white person’.

Murphy made the claim during an appearance on NBC’s Today, stating: ‘The whole cast was black, and the studio was like ‘We have to have someone white in this movie or we’re not going to make it’… So that’s how Louie wound up in the film.’

Anderson – who played fast food worker Maurice in the blockbuster comedy – spent the past 33 years unaware that he was a token inclusion, 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, making his nationally-televised comedy debut on The Tonight Show in 1984.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail