“Saturday Night Live” veteran Jan Hooks died Thursday morning in New York City, TMZ reported. She was 57. The “SNL” alumni reportedly battled a serious illness, though specifics are not currently known.
Hooks was on the “SNL” cast from 1986 to 1991. She worked with comedy talents like Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller. She was best known for impersonations of Sinead O'Connor and Hillary Clinton. Hooks also was half of the Sweeney Sisters.
Other than “SNL,” she was best known for her appearances in “Batman Returns,” “Designing Woman” and “Simon Birch,” according to the Internet Movie Database. Her most recent acting gig was a stint on “30 Rock” in 2010.
Hooks was nominated for two awards: a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “3rd Rock From The Sun” in 1998 and an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series for “SNL,” IMDb wrote.
She dated fellow comedian and “SNL” star Kevin Nealan from 1984 to 1986, before she was on the show.
Twitter users took to the social media site to remember the “SNL” veteran after her untimely death. Some of their comments:
I can't believe it. Jan Hooks appeared in many 3rd Rock eps. We all truly loved her. I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius.
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks was my all-time #snl favorite. So sad to hear of her passing, especially so young. My prayers for her family & friends.
— Chance Scoggins (@ChanceScoggins) October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks will be missed. I miss her already. Rest in peace, Candy Sweeney.
— jeshface (@jeshface) October 9, 2014
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