They make us laugh. Watching their performances either on film, television, or in a live theater give us the sense of knowing them; like they are friends or part of the family. That being said, it comes as no surprise that when they die unexpectedly, we feel a sense of loss and sadness; like losing a member of the family. We take comfort in re-watching their performances, and think to ourselves “what a shame.” Who are we talking about? The funny people, the comedians, entertainers, and all around silly people who light up our lives, making us roar with laughter over the most crazy and obscene things.
When the news of losing a beloved comedian is splashed over the news and social media, the shockwaves of the loss are felt for days, weeks, and even months. Yes, the fact that these people are famous does contribute to the media frenzy that occurs following their death, but it is that sense of familiarity and comfort that these funny people provide us with that leaves many asking "why?"
Unlike the famous “27 Club” of musicians who died at the age of 27, funny people who have died often drift onto the sidelines after the shock has worn off. It is important to remember these entertainers, because after all, they were people too. Here is our list of the 10 funniest people who died tragically before their time.
10 Robin Williams
9 John Ritter
8 Chris Farley
7 John Belushi
6 Bernie Mac
5 Andy Kaufman
4 Phil Hartman
3 Sam Kinison
2 Greg Giraldo
1 John Candy
With a sense of humour anyone could appreciate, John Candy is arguably one of Canada’s funniest people ever. Candy’s break came with the creation of SCTV, along with other great Canadian comedians including Eugene Levy. Following the finish of SCTV in 1981, Candy went on to appear in various movies, but it would be his role in the 1989 movie Uncle Buck that he would be remembered for most. Candy struggled with his weight all his life, so it came as no surprise when he passed away on March 4, 1994 from a heart attack at the age of 43.
Sources: coed.com, nydailynews.com, comedians.about.com, thewrap.com, imdb.com
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