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Louie Anderson, a comedian and Emmy Award winner, has died

Anderson died after going to the hospital with a form of cancer

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Louie Anderson in Los Angeles

Louie Anderson arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles

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Louie Anderson, a comedian and three-time Emmy Award winner, has died. He was 68.

The news: Anderson passed away in Las Vegas Friday morning.

  • The comedy writer had entered the hospital earlier this week for treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma, which is a form of cancer, Deadline reports.

Quote: “Born in St Paul Minnesota, the three­-time Emmy Award winner was one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics,” his rep told Rolling Stone. “His career spanned more than 40 years. He was a bestselling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms.”

Career highlights: Anderson won the outstanding supporting actor award in 2016 for his role as Christine Baskets, the mother on the FX series “Baskets.”

  • He also won two daytime Emmy Awards for Fox’s animated show “Life with Louie” in 1997 and 1998.

Personal highlights: Anderson’s publicist Glenn Schwartz told Deadline that Anderson was a counselor for troubled children before he launched his career.

  • “We had to decide whether we would shut off the gas or the lights, because we could only pay one of them,” Anderson told “Conan” on TBS in 2019. “We always shut off the lights because my mom had a thousand candles.”