Jan Hook Dies at 57

Jan Hooks, best known as a Saturday Night Live alumni and star of Designing Women, has passed away today at 57 in New York City. The cause of her death is unknown, but sources say she died of a serious illness she has been fighting.

Hooks was a mainstay on SNL from 1986-1991. She has worked with some of the biggest names that have starred on the late night comedy show. Some of the people she did skits with include Chris Farley, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, and Dennis Miller.

Hooks was a very versatile woman of comedy, she also had a great singing voice. You can watch her serenade a monkey in a skit below.

She also had some great impersonations; some of them include Sinead O’Connor and Hilary Clinton.

One of Hooks most famous roles might have been playing one half of the Sweeney Sisters, where her and Nora Dunn portray the musical duo of Candy and Liz Sweeney.

After SNL, Jan Hooks joined the cast of Designing Women as Carlene for two seasons. She also had a role in the Tim Burton family comedy ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’, as an Alamo tour guide.

She was also nominated for an Emmy for playing Vicki, in 3rd Rock From the Sun.

Her most recent role is on 30 Rock, as Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney’s mother, Verna.

Twitter users have been paying their respects to the comedian, honoring her and saddened by the fact that she has died.

It’s unfortunate that we lose another great Saturday Night Live personality like Jan Hooks. Rest in peace Jan, and thank you for all the laughs over the years.