Louie Anderson, comic and ‘Baskets’ star, dead at 68

He was 68.

On Thursday his good friend, fellow comic Pauly Coast, tweeted that he had stated his bye-byes to Anderson and requested prayers for the ill star.

Born among 11 kids in St. Paul, Minnesota, Anderson was a therapist for struggling kids when he won a the very first–location prize at the 1981 Midwest Funny Competitors.

The host of the competitors, famous comic Henny Youngman, was so pleased that he employed the young comic as an author.

Anderson was quickly indulging in his own spotlight on funny phases all over the nation.

Johnny Carson welcomed Anderson to make his nationwide tv launching on the “The Tonight Show” in 1984 and Anderson’s profession removed.

Looks with Jay Leno, David Letterman, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Comic Relief,” along with Showtime and HBO specials even more sealed him as one of Hollywood’s leading comics.

However it was hosting the precious video game program “Family Feud” in 1999 that made Anderson a family name and opened doors for him into acting.

Anderson guest-starred in several television series, consisting of “Grace Under Fire,” Touched by an Angel” and “Chicago Hope,” and he appeared in films like “Ferris Bueller’s Day of rest,” “Concerning America” and its sequel “Coming 2 America,” opposite Eddie Murphy.

He voiced a fictitious version of his 8-year-old self in the popular 1990s animated series “Life With Louie,” which ran for three years.

More recently, Anderson appeared on “Young Sheldon,” had a recurring role in the dark comedy “Browse Celebration” and had joined the cast of the hit BET series, “Twenties.”

Critics took notice when in 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series “Baskets.”

Anderson played the role of “Christine,” the matriarch of the Baskets clan, and based the character on his mother and his five sisters, who he said were a major presence in his life.

The role won him an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, as well as a Critics’ Choice award for best supporting actor In a comedy series.

Anderson was also a best selling author.

His books included “Dear Daddy — Letters From An Adult Kid,” “Good-bye Jumbo…Hi Cruel World,” and “The F Word, How To Endure Your Household.”

His most recent book, “Hey Mama” was published in 2018 and “combined wry wit and poignant humor while sharing his journey of turning life’s obstacles into delight along with lots of knowledge he acquired from his late mom.”

Anderson is endured by his 2 sis, Lisa and Shanna Anderson.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.