AceShowbiz - Louie Anderson has sadly passed away. The stand-up comedian, who starred as Christine Baskets on "Baskets", lost his battle with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cancer. He was 68 years old.
Announcing the heartbreaking news was the comic's representative Glenn Schwartz on Friday, January 21. According to Glenn, the iconic comedian died in a Las Vegas hospital, where he was undergoing treatment after he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. "He is survived by his two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson. Cause of death was complications from cancer," so said Glenn.
Louie's passing arrived just days after Glenn confirmed that the beloved comic, who received three Emmy nominations and one win for his role as on the Zach Galifianakis-created comedy "Baskets", was hospitalized. At the time, Glenn also shared that the star was "resting comfortably" amid his treatment.
Aside from battling blood cancer, Louie also had trouble with his weight. The comic, who underwent two heart procedures to correct what was described as "an unspecified heart problem," first talked about losing weight for his health in 2018 during his appearance on "The Doctors". He said at the time, "My goal now in my life is to be healthier and happier and to try to pass on everything I got from that situation to other people."
Then last May, the funnyman revealed that he had lost 40 pounds due to intermittent fasting. "I took it very serious. I got a trainer. I worked out. I swam. This has been a lifelong struggle for me, food addiction," he shared in an interview with "Daily Blast Live".
"I learned a lot and feel good," Louie added. The comedian, who was most recently seen in "Coming 2 America", went on to admit, "I'm no longer compulsively eating like I was and that was the big thing for me."
Previously, Louie shared that he "started the pandemic at about 370 or 380 pounds," before joking, "depending on what I was leaning on." He further told host Conan O'Brien during his appearance on "CONAN" in March, "And now I'm 340. I'm trying to get 275 so I can get into some of my mom's actual clothes," referring to his female character on "Baskets".