Iconic comedian
and game show host Louie Anderson breathed his last in Las Vegas on Friday
after a long battle with blood cancer. Anderson was 68. The three-time Emmy
Award recipient was recently being treated for Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in
a Vegas hospital.

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The star of
“Coming of America and “Baskets”, a comedy series, Anderson was admitted into a
hospital earlier this week for treatment, his manager Glenn Schwartz said.

was born on March 24, 1953, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Andy Andrew Mortimer
Anderson and Ora Sherman, a Mayflower descendant. He was the second youngest of
the couple’s 11 children.

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He did his schooling at the Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul. 

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During his
three-decades-old career, Anderson was nominated for three Primetime Emmy
Awards for his outstanding performance as a supporting actor in a Comedy
Series, winning one in 2016 for his role as Christine Baskets on the FX series.

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He was also the
recipient of two Daytime Emmys for outstanding performance in an animated
programme for “Life with Louie,” a programme that aired on Fox in
1997 and 1998.

A native of Saint
Paul, Minnesota, Anderson was a counsellor to mentally disturbed children
before stepping into the world of comedy shows. He got his first break in the
Midwest Comedy Competition in 1981.

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Anderson made his network debut as a
stand-up comedian on “The Tonight Show” back in 1984. And since then,
he has become a household name, acting in lots of TV shows and movies.

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Anderson also
featured in Eddie Murphy’s famous 1988 hit movie “Coming to America.”
He was also the host of the “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002 and
starred in several situation comedies over the last two decades. He was named
“One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central.

The comedian was
also an author of several books, including the much-acclaimed “Good­bye
Jumbo … Hello Cruel World,” a self-help book for people struggling with
self-esteem issues.

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Anderson made headlines last year when he spoke about his weight loss. He lost 30 to 40
pounds during the pandemic. He then said that he lost weight because of
intermittent fasting.