Louie Anderson: Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian dies aged 68 after battle with cancer

Louie Anderson: Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian dies aged 68 after battle with cancer

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Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Louie Anderson has died at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.

The star of the series Baskets died on Friday morning in Las Vegas, where was admitted to hospital to receive treatment for diffuse large B cell lymphoma, his publicist Glenn Schwartz told Deadline.

Anderson won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 2016 for his role as Christine Baskets in the FX series, and was nominated another two times.

His performance in the animated programme Life with Louie, which aired on Fox from 1997 to 1998, earned him two Daytime Emmys.

He created the show based on his childhood.

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, he was a counsellor to troubled children before winning first place in the Midwest Comedy Competition in 1981, which gave him his start in comedy, according to Deadline.

Anderson starred in films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Coming to America, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 hit movie.

From 1999 to 2002 he hosted the popular American game show Family Feud and was cast in several sitcoms over the last two decades.

He guest-starred on the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon and was a recurring character in the TBS comedy Search Party.

The books he wrote included Goodbye Jumbo … Hello Cruel World, an exploration of his relationship with his mother and his battle to overcome food addiction.

Anderson grew up with an alcoholic father who he described as violent and unpredictable.

Despite his success as a comic, he said he felt no relief from his pain, so he entered therapy and joined a group for the children of alcoholics, which helped him “break a lifelong pattern of denial”.

This journey was chronicled in his 1991 book, Dear Dad.

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