From Lenny Bruce to Dustin Diamond, we look earlier to the comedians and comic actors who passed away as well soon.

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Lenny Bruce, the outrageous king the the counterculture comics in the 1950s and "60s, passed away at age 40 in 1966 that "acute morphine poisoning caused by an overdose."


John Belushi, famed for his toga-loving frat boy performance in "Animal House," passed away at 33 of a medicine overdose in 1982.


Gilda Radner, lover for her tenure top top "SNL" particularly for her hilariously geeky character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, died at 42 in 1989 the ovarian cancer.


Andy Kaufman, the eccentric performance artist who gained a adhering to as Latka in "Taxi," died in 1984 at period 35.


Sam Kinison was a rock star of a comic with a trademark shout. After years of battling substance abuse, he to be sober and a newlywed of much less than a week when he was struck and killed by a teenager steering drunk in 1992. He was 38.

John Candy, the lovable comedic gibbs renowned because that his performances in "Uncle Buck," "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "Cool Runnings" passed away at period 43 the a heart assault in 1994.

Bill Hicks, one of the most influential stand-up comics, died in 1994 of pancreatic cancer. He was 32.

Chris Farley, one SNL star, infamous for his over-the-top performances, especially his motivational speaker character Matt Foley, died in 1997 of a medicine overdose. He to be 33.

Phil Hartman, star that "SNL," "NewsRadio" and "The Simpsons" died at period 49 in 1998 the an noticeable murder-suicide by his wife.

Academy Award-nominated comedienne, Madeline Kahn, one of the most significant women in comedy to elegant the silver- screen, died in 1999 the ovarian cancer. She to be 57.

The prolific comedic actor, John Ritter, finest known for his function of Jack Tripper on "Three"s Company" and the patriarchal number in "8 rules for dating My Daughter," died of a heart attack in 2003. He was 54.

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Mitch Hedberg, who gained a following of loyal fans for his unconventional stand-up comedy style, passed away in 2005 at age 37 of a medicine overdose.