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Peter Aykroyd, the Emmy-nominated ‘SNL’ actor-writer, has died at the age of 66

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  • Peter Aykroyd, an Emmy-nominated performer and writer for the 1979-80 season of “Saturday Night Live,” died at the age of 66. 

Peter Aykroyd, an Emmy-nominated actor and writer on “Saturday Night Live” for the 1979-80 season, died at the age of 66. He later collaborated with his older brother, Dan, on everything from a paranormal TV show to films like “Dragnet” and “Coneheads.”

On Monday, Dan Aykroyd told The Associated Press that his brother “suffered from septicemia from an intestinal illness induced by an untreated abdominal hernia,” citing the medical examiner in Spokane, Washington. More information was not immediately available.

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Last weekend, “Saturday Night Live” announced Peter Aykroyd’s death, along with a tweet from Tom Schiller, who directed the noir parody “Java Junkie,” which he starred in for the show. 

Alan Zweibel, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” paid tribute to Aykroyd on Facebook, describing him as “a very hilarious, really good guy.”

Peter Aykroyd, the Emmy-nominated 'SNL' actor-writer, died at the age of 66

He was born in Ottawa, Canada, although his career followed a similar path to his brother’s: the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, then “Saturday Night Live,” which he joined months after Dan Aykroyd and fellow original cast member John Belushi left to pursue their film careers. Peter Aykroyd was nominated for an Emmy for best writing in various music programs during his year on “SNL.”

After the 1979-80 season, many surviving cast and staff left the NBC show, and Peter Aykroyd worked with his brother on and off for the following 20 years. He starred in “The Coneheads,” “Dragnet,” and “Dr. Detroit,” and co-wrote the horror-comedy “Nothing But Trouble” with Dan in 1991. 

The Aykroyd’s had a similar interest in science fiction and the paranormal, and Peter assisted in creating Dan Aykroyd’s Canadian TV show “Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal,” which aired from 1996 to 2000.

Source: CTV News

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