DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Chris Farley (aged 33)
-American comedian and actor (Saturday Night Live, Tommy Boy)
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. He then went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja.
DEATH: On December 18, 1997, Farley was found dead by his younger brother, John, in his apartment in the John Hancock Center in Chicago; he was 33 years old.An autopsy revealed that Farley had died of an overdose of cocaine and morphine, a combination called speedball. Advanced atherosclerosis was cited as a “significant contributing factor.” Farley’s death has been compared to that of his SNL idol John Belushi, who died at the same age of a similar combination of drugs.
A private funeral was held for Farley on December 23, 1997, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Over 500 people attended this funeral, including many comedians who had worked with him on Saturday Night Live and on film, such as Dan Aykroyd and Adam Sandler; notably absent was Farley’s best friend David Spade, who chose not to attend the funeral, stating years later that he had found it emotionally hard to handle Farley’s sudden death.Farley’s remains were entombed at Resurrection Cemetery.