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SNL Icon Chris Farley's Life and Tragic Death at Age 33

Rebelander Basilan
May 03, 2020
12:30 P.M.
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Chris Farley was a comedian and actor best known for his role on "Saturday Night Live." In 1997, he died at the age of 33.

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Farley was born Christopher Crosby Farley on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, according to IMDb. His father, Thomas Farley, owned an oil company, and his mother, Mary Anne, was a homemaker.

He's not the only actor in their family. His two brothers, Kevin Farley and John Farley, also entered the world of showbiz.

Chris Farley on March 24, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Chris Farley on March 24, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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A BIG COMEDY STAR

Farley studied theatre and communications at Marquette University. Subsequent to completing university, he was in the cast of the Second City Theatre.

He was later discovered by the producer of the 1975 great comedy-show "Saturday Night Live." He worked hard on the show for a long time, during which he appeared in several films.

From that time on, the acclaimed entertainer was one of the big comedy stars. His popularity was growing and growing.

Chris Farley on September 28, 1991 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Chris Farley on September 28, 1991 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

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JUST HUMAN

"Once I thought that if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be all right," he once said, according to IMDb. "But I'm a human being like everyone else. I'm not exempt."

The spotlight of prominence later consumed Farley. He battled with drugs and alcohol, according to Biography.

Farley was discovered dead in his Chicago apartment.

Chris Farley and David Spade at Planet Hollywood, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

Chris Farley and David Spade at Planet Hollywood, undated image. | Photo: Getty Images

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AN ATTENTION-GETTER

Within two years, he was in and out of the rehabilitation center several times. Frequently, he engaged in highly extreme, wild conduct.

Farley once talked about feeling pressured to be an attention-getter constantly. In a magazine article, his manager publicly expressed concern over his prosperity.

On December 18, 1997, Farley was discovered dead in his Chicago apartment. It was later revealed that he passed away from an overdose of cocaine and morphine exacerbated by advanced heart disease.

Chris Farley at the 10th Annual Kids Choice Awards April 19, 1997. | Photo: Getty Images

Chris Farley at the 10th Annual Kids Choice Awards April 19, 1997. | Photo: Getty Images

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According to ATI, his binge apparently started at a club called Karma. At that club, Farley partied until around 2 a.m. A while later, the party moved to his place.

The following night, he halted by the anniversary gathering for Second City. Later, the actor was seen at a pub crawl.

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The next day, he planned to get a haircut. However, he allegedly spent time with a call girl instead. She later claimed that Farley was more interested in her giving cocaine than everything else.

It was too late, when Farley's sibling, John, discovered him. Before his passing, Farley had finished two films, "Almost Heroes" and "Dirty Work." Those movies were both released in 1998.

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