The sketch comedy show initially reported the death of Peter Aykroyd, a longtime performer, and writer on “Saturday Night Live” and Dan Aykroyd’s brother. He was 66 years old. Through his agent Susan Patricola, Dan Aykroyd revealed to USA TODAY that his brother died of “septicemia from an intestinal infection induced by an undiagnosed abdominal hernia”.
Like his elder brother, Peter Aykroyd began his career as a member of Toronto’s legendary Second City comedy company. He appeared as a cast member and writer on “SNL” for one season in 1980, the year after Dan Aykroyd departed the show, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for best writing in various music programs.
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During Saturday’s episode, presented by Simu Liu, star of Marvel’s “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, “SNL” paid tribute to Aykroyd. During the program, a title card stated, “Peter Aykroyd 1955 – 2021”. The show’s Twitter account uploaded “Java Junkie”, a 1979 short film featuring Aykroyd in which the actor tries to drown his sorrows with coffee. USA TODAY has reached out to show and Aykroyd family representatives for comment.
The professional careers of Peter and Dan Aykroyd would continue to intersect. In the early 1990s, the two co-wrote “Nothing But Trouble,” a 1991 comedic horror film starring Chevy Chase, John Candy, Demi Moore, and the older Aykroyd — who would later win a Razzie for his performance.
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Dan Aykroyd hosted the Canadian sci-fi drama series “PSI Factor,” which Peter Aykroyd co-created. Peter Aykroyd even voiced Elwood Blues in the 1997 animated TV series offshoot of “The Blues Brothers,” initially featuring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Belushi was succeeded in the series by his brother, Jim Belushi after he died in 1982.
In addition, he featured in other Aykroyd films, including “Dragnet” and “Coneheads.” Dan Aykroyd recently spoke with USA TODAY on the future of his acting career and legacy in the “Ghostbusters” franchise. “I believe Bill and I should be assassinated in the next one. Alternatively, perhaps we should wait “He stated.”Why not employ the living Ghostbusters — Ernie (Hudson), Billy (Murray), and me – for numbers four, five, and six? Go till we’re no longer there. Then comes the time for the tributes. Death will come for us sooner or later.”
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