Louie Anderson, comedian and former ‘Family Feud’ host, dies after cancer battle

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Actor and comedian Louie Anderson, known for hosting “Family Feud” and winning an Emmy for his performance in “Baskets,” died Friday, Jan. 21, after complications from cancer, according to The Associated Press. He was 68.

Anderson was hospitalized earlier this week “for treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma,” Deadline reported.

He appeared in the 1988 Eddie Murphy-led film “Coming to America.” Murphy hand-picked Anderson for the role for the iconic comedy when executives said there needed to be a white actor in the movie, Murphy said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“So it was, ‘Who’s the funniest white guy around?’ And Louie, we knew, we was cool with him,” Murphy said. “So that’s how Louie got in the movie.”

Anderson later hosted “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002. He also created and produced the animated Fox series “Life with Louie.”

In 2016, Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. His award came for playing Christine Baskets, the matriarch of the family in the FX series “Baskets,” which starred Zach Galifianakis.

“I’m not as nice in the character as my mom was as a person. It really is an extension of my mom,” Anderson said of the role. “It felt like it was divine intervention when I got the call to be on the show.”

On Thursday, fellow comedian Pauly Shore said on Twitter he had said his goodbyes to Anderson at a Las Vegas hospital.

Reaction poured in to Twitter on Friday for Anderson, who was named one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time by Comedy Central.

“Louie is one of the first comedians I ever saw in person. He is not only hilarious, but a sweet man and a cheerleader for comedians and comedy,” fellow comedian Doug Benson said.

Some people said the death was especially hard to process coming just hours after the announced passing of singer and actor Meat Loaf.

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