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Hollywood came together to mourn Louie Anderson on Friday following the news of the comedian’s death.
TV writer Brittany Van Horne tweeted, “I am devastated at the Louie Anderson news. He was an unreal talent and his performance in Baskets was was one of the greatest ever.”
Writer and director Travon Free wrote, “Louie Anderson was a very dear friend and one of the people who very early in my career believed in me and would put me and a couple of other comics he loved up in a hotel in Vegas and pay us to open for him when we needed money. What a huge loss. Rest in peace my friend.”
Henry Winkler addressed Anderson directly, writing, “Your generosity of spirit will cover the world from above .. we are so lucky you were on earth for a moment , spreading your humor all over like bars of living gold .. Good Bye.”
Comedy Central’s Twitter account posted a tribute, too: “Louie Anderson was a warm and hilarious presence in comedy. He’ll be missed.”
Others expressed shock and anger that the comedian’s death came at a time when numerous beloved celebrities, like Betty White and Bob Saget, have also died. Gilbert Gottfied shared a photo of himself with Anderson and Saget, musing the picture “is very sad now.”
FX, the network on which Anderson’s “Baskets” aired, issued a statement Friday afternoon: “We are so deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Louie Anderson. For four wonderful seasons, Louie graced us and fans of ‘Baskets’ with a bravura performance as Christine Baskets, for which he deservedly was recognized by his peers with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. It was a risky role for him and he embraced it with a fearlessness and joy that demonstrated his brilliance as an artist. He truly cared about his craft and was a true professional in every sense. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and his ‘Baskets’ family – Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan Krisel and Martha Kelly and all the cast and crew. He will be missed by us all but never forgotten and always bring a smile to our faces.”
Anderson, known for that role as well as one in “Coming to America,” in addition to his standup comedy and books, died Friday at the age of 68. Earlier this week, he was reported to be undergoing treatment for lymphoma, a form of cancer, in a Las Vegas hospital.
Anderson earned three Emmy nominations, with a win in 2016 for his performance opposite Galifianakis in “Baskets.” He played Christine Baskets, the mother of two twin sons played by Galifianakis, one of whom gets a job at a small-time rodeo in Bakersfield after failing to make it as a clown. Anderson also won two Daytime Emmys for his performance in the ’90s animated series “Life With Louie,” which was based on his childhood in the midwest.