Stand-up comedian and actor Louie Anderson died Friday of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 68.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the white blood cells of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system.

Anderson was receiving cancer treatment in a Las Vegas hospital when he died.

Born in Minnesota, Anderson was named one of "100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time" by Comedy Central in 2004.

Among his many TV and film credits include Saturday morning cartoon Life With Louie, in which he played his 8-year-old self, and the comedy classic Coming to America (1998). He also starred in the sequel, Coming 2 America (2021), his final film role.

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In Coming to America, Louie tells Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall's characters, "You know, I started on clean-up just like you guys. But now, see I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries, then the grill. In a year or two, I make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."


In addition to acting and stand-up comedy, Anderson was the host of the third revival of Family Feud from 1999 to 2002 and he earned an Emmy Award for his performance on the FX comedy television series Baskets. He also authored 4 books.

Longtime friend and comedian Pauly Shore tweeted that he visited Anderson in the hospital Thursday evening.

When a fan responded to Shore's tweet asking him to let Anderson know how much "we love him," Shore responded, "I did."

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Eddie Murphy wanted "Coming to America" to be an afrocentric extravaganza showcasing the wide range of talent in Black Hollywood. But the movie studio had different ideas.

Comedian Louie Anderson appeared in 1988's Coming to America as Maurice, a fast food employee who took pride in his work at McDowell's restaurant, owned by Cleo McDowell (John Amos).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the sequel, Coming 2 America, Murphy and Arsenio Hall explained that Anderson wasn't originally cast in Coming to America.

"I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it," said Hall, 65. "We were forced to put in a white person."

Murphy, 59, added: "[The studio was] like, 'There has to be a white person in the movie.' I was like, 'What?' So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie."

"It was official," Hall continued. "I had a list. They gave me a list with three white guys. They said, 'Who would you rather work with?' I said Louie."

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Also cast in the original was white comedian Jake Steinfeld who made a cameo appearance as a wise cracking cab driver.

Other cameos included Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, who reprised their roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke from the 1983 comedy film "Trading Places," starring Murphy.