The comedy industry lost an important and beloved comedian after the death of Chris Farley in December of 1997. The celebrity was known for his outrageous characters, outgoing personality and, unfortunately, his hard-partying. Farley died of a drug overdose at the age of just 33 after consuming drugs for several years. Many friends and fellow comedians were concerned about Farley’s lifestyle, including his sober sponsor Tom Arnold.
Chris Farley’s ‘Sober Sponsor’ Was Comedian Tom Arnold
Arnold went through his own phases of drug abuse, eventually succeeding with abstinence and later sponsoring other individuals struggling with addiction. After Casting Chris Farley saturday night live And actually featured Arnold in a sketch, the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, introduced Arnold and Farley.
According to USA TodayArnold recalls,[Michaels] Called me and she said, ‘You have a lot in common with Chris Farley. Would you please spend time with him?’ Farley wanted to stay calm, and I think Lorne was really worried about it, and so I was his sponsor for a few years. Arnold later remarked that the two became close and that he was “very sad when he died.”
Several other comedians and friends also tried to help Farley escape his drug addiction, to no avail, including David Spade and Chevy Chase.
Tom Arnold Warns Chris Farley He’ll Have to Choose Between Doing Drugs and Being Overweight
Arnold tried his best to help Chris Farley stay calm, even SNL Star, “You can’t be fat and don’t do drugs… you have to choose one, and I speak from experience… you can’t do everything.” Sadly, Farley began avoiding Arnold when he was using drugs because he didn’t want his sponsor to see him, and on December 18, 1997, two years after he died of a cocaine and morphine overdose. His life came to a tragic end.
According to silver lining recoveryIn , Farley faced many insecurities regarding his personal and professional life, including a fear that he would lose his comic edge if he lost weight. This often sent him down a rabbit hole of thinking that he would no longer be able to survive and that when “the roar of laughter died out,” he could not deal with the silence.
When Adam Sandler, Another saturday night live The alumni, who starred with Farley in the 1990s, hosted the show in 2019, a tribute to Chris Farley. He told the audience some of his memories with the comedy veteran and said that he and his fellow cast members also tried to help Farley slow down his party roll. She said, “We’ll tell him, ‘Son, you’ll go on air like Belushi and Candy,’” as a warning, and Farley would reply, “Those guys are my heroes, it’s all fine and dandy.”
The Tragic Deaths of Comedians John Belushi and John Candy
The death of Chris Farley is often compared to that of John Belushi, as both comedians died at the same age from a similar mixture of drugs, known as speedball. Belushi was best known for his roles in animal house And blues brothers, and he, like Farley, spent time in Chicago’s Second City. According to imdb, was the artist of Belushi saturday night live From 1975 to 1979, he left to focus on films. Belushi was found dead in his bungalow in Chateau Marmot on March 5, 1982.
Chris Farley was often compared to John Candy, an alumnus and actor from Second City who died at a very young age. Candy died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994, at the age of 43, largely due to his binge eating habits, smoking, heavy alcohol use, and occasional cocaine use. imdb The report said that Candy was constantly trying to lose weight and quit smoking in the 1990s because of her extensive family history of heart disease. Candy was best known for his roles in aircraft, trains and automobiles with Steve Martin, uncle buck, And National Lampoon’s Holiday.
These deaths shocked people around the world, and many still mourn the loss of their favorite comedian after all these years.
How to get help: in the US, contact Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline at 1-800-662-4357.
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