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Comedian, game show host Louie Anderson dead at 68

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FILE – Louie Anderson arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely and Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” has died at age 68. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Louie Anderson, the Emmy Award winning comedic actor and former host of Family Feud died Friday in Las Vegas from a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

He was 68.

Anderson won the Emmy in 2016 for best supporting actor for his performance as Christine on the FX series ‘Baskets’ alongside Zach Galifianakis. He also received three additional nominations for the role.

Born Louie Perry Anderson in St. Paul, Minnesota, he made his standup debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1984.

He later became know for his numerous late night TV appearances, comedy specials, and as the voice of the title character in the animated series ‘Life with Louie’ which ran on Fox from 1994-98.

Anderson had gone public with his diagnosis just days ago.