‘Blazing Saddles’ actor Peter Aykroyd dies aged 66

Image copyright AP Image caption Peter Aykroyd was known for starring in films and television shows including ‘Blazing Saddles’ Celebrated comedian and actor Peter Aykroyd, of the Aykroyd Brothers comedy comedy troupe, has died,…

'Blazing Saddles' actor Peter Aykroyd dies aged 66

Image copyright AP Image caption Peter Aykroyd was known for starring in films and television shows including ‘Blazing Saddles’

Celebrated comedian and actor Peter Aykroyd, of the Aykroyd Brothers comedy comedy troupe, has died, aged 66.

He was best known for his work with fellow brother David, writing and starring in a wide variety of films, including “Blazing Saddles”, “The Blues Brothers” and “Lethal Weapon 4”.

A former contestant on “The Amazing Race”, Aykroyd also had small roles in the sitcom “The Jeffersons” and “Saturday Night Live”.

“Peter Aykroyd passed away peacefully today. He was a man of extraordinary talent, and I know that he wanted to leave us while he was still fully enjoying his work. The two of us have gone our separate ways, but have never lost our love for each other, or our appreciation of one another’s contribution to American entertainment. He meant so much to us, and we are eternally grateful,” David Aykroyd wrote on his Facebook page.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption He was born in Montreal in 1941

Peter Aykroyd lived in California and New York, and died in Canada after a long battle with kidney cancer.

He was married three times.

His debut as a stand-up comic in New York in the late 1960s was followed by a long stint at the Improv comedy club, where he met David Aykroyd.

Among their most well-known television works, the pair co-created and co-wrote “The Blues Brothers”, which brought John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s distinctive musical styles to the big screen.

“American media and popular culture has lost a legend, a comic genius, and a warm, generous, and loving human being,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a statement.

“Peter Aykroyd and David Aykroyd knew how to play the game like no one else, and they never stopped.”

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