Writer, actor, comedian Peter Aykroyd dies at age 66

Longtime fans of Saturday Night Live are mourning the loss of Peter Aykroyd, who died Saturday at the age of 66, USA Today reported.

His brother Dan said that the Emmy-nominated writer and actor, who was also an alum of the late-night series, succumbed to an untreated abdominal hernia.

Emmy winner

Aykroyd was born in 1955 and raised in Ottawa, Canada, the New York Post reported. He got his start in the famous Second City Comedy Troupe before joining Saturday Night Live.

He was nominated for an Emmy for his work as a sketch writer on the show’s 1979-1980 season and was also part of the cast, sharing the stage with comedy greats like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase.

The late-night show honored Aykroyd during its broadcast this weekend, which was hosted by actor and stuntman Simu Liu. The episode opened with a bitter take on the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case that was typical of the show’s heavy-handed and often dull political programming in recent years.

But the show looked back for a moment to the time SNL specialized in comedy — not tickling the vanity of big city liberals — with a card honoring Akroyd, as well as a tweet that included a short 1979 parody film in which he appeared, Java Junkie.

“Brilliant” writer

After SNL, Aykroyd would appear in several movies with his brother, such as Doctor Detroit, Coneheads, and Dragnet, as well as Nothing but Trouble, which the brothers co-wrote, starring Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, and John Candy, the New York Post reported.

Aykroyd also appeared as a voice actor in an animated version of The Blues Brothers, portraying Elwood Blues, the character made famous by his comedian brother, alongside Jim Belushi, brother of John Belushi, according to USA Today.

In 1996, Aykroyd created the science fiction series PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal that was hosted by his brother Dan. Peter Aykroyd’s last credited role was in the 1999 TV movie Justice.

Dan Aykroyd remembered his “brilliant, inventive, funny, and big-hearted brother” in a heartfelt tweet encouraging his followers to watch Java Junkie.

“Musician, songwriter, vocalist, composer, analog sound engineer, comedy writer, and actor — he was beloved by all his colleagues, friends, and family,” he wrote.

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