Former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Peter Aykroyd, writer and brother of actor Dan Aykroyd, has passed away. He was 66 when he breathed his last. Peter’s death was announced on Saturday’s episode of the comedy show, hosted by “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu. Saturday Night Live returns to the studio with Jim Carey, the spoof of Alec Baldwin’s presidential debate this week (watch video).
A title card during the episode read “Peter Aykroyd 1955-2021”. The show also paid tribute on its Twitter account by sharing a short film featuring the late comedic titled “The Java Junkie.” However, the star’s cause of death has not been revealed, according to People magazine. Pete Davidson hints at the Saturday Night Live release in the middle of meeting Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor.
Like his older brother Dan, Peter made his showbiz debut as a member of the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. He joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ for one season in 1979, serving as both a writer and a cast member. During his one-year tenure on the series, he won an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.
Peter has also worked alongside Dan in various other projects including the films “Coneheads and Dragnet”. The two also co-wrote the 1991 horror and comedy film “Nothing but Trouble,” which starred Chevy Chase, John Candy, Demi Moore and Elder Aykroyd.
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