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Louie Anderson, comedian and television host, dies at 68

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Louie Anderson, comedian and television host, dies at 68

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Louie Anderson, the comedian, actor and TV host best known for the comedy series “Sneakers,” for which he won an Emmy in 2016, and the cartoon “Life With Louie,” died Friday in a Las Vegas hospital . He was 68 years old.

His death was confirmed by his longtime publicist, Glenn Schwartz, who said the cause was complications from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

In an entertainment career that spanned more than four decades, Mr. Anderson’s self-deprecating humor and sarcastic demeanor quickly caught the attention of comedy veterans Henny Youngman and Johnny Carson, catapulting him to the rank of celebrity.

In 1981 Mr. Anderson, who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the first place trophy at a comedy contest hosted by Mr. Youngman, who later hired Mr. Anderson as a writer.

Mr. Anderson made his national television debut on “The Tonight Show” with Mr. Carson in 1984, during which he poked fun at his heavy looks and Midwestern roots.

Survivors include two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson.

A full obituary will be published soon.

Louie Anderson, comedian and television host, dies at 68

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