Leslie Nielsen dies aged 84

Naked Gun actor passes away

Leslie Nielsen

It’s with heavy hearts that we find ourselves reporting that Leslie Nielsen has died aged 84.

The Canadian actor, who had us crying with laughter with his many varied comedy roles, passed away after suffering from a case of pneumonia.

Nielsen spent the past 12 days at the Ft. Lauderdale Hospital, and his condition took a turn for the worse over the weekend.

“With his friends and his wife, Barbaree, by his side, he fell asleep and passed away,” said Doug Nielsen, the actor’s nephew.

Nielsen is perhaps best known to an entire generation as bumbling detective Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun movies, though his turn in Airplane! earned him the moniker “the Olivier of spoofs”.

Starting out in the 1950s, Nielsen also earned acclaim as a serious actor with his role in The Poseidon Adventure.

Rest in peace, buddy.

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    • alowe

      Nov 29th 2010, 8:36

      Sad news. The master of deadpan. Only he could get away with a line like, "You take a risk getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan."

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    • BabyDiego

      Nov 29th 2010, 9:10

      Goodnight, sweet Prince x

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    • HeikiKyouryu

      Nov 29th 2010, 9:48

      Surely you can't be serious?

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    • minorityreport

      Nov 29th 2010, 10:11

      I am serious - and don't call me Shirley!

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    • DanRose

      Nov 29th 2010, 11:19

      Quality actor.... he will be missed.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Nov 29th 2010, 15:54

      Shirley this can't be true. R.I.P.

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    • Avengers

      Nov 29th 2010, 17:29

      Sad news he was a one of a kind. A true comic genius. R.I.P

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