Is Louie Anderson OK? Comedian hospitalized, Internet prays for his speedy recovery
Publicist confirms popular comedian is currently in hospital and 'resting comfortably', sparks massive concern online as fans pray for his health
Popular comedian Louie Anderson is currently in hospital, his publicist Glenn Schwartz confirmed on January 18, 2022. The 68-year-old, who recently reunited with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall for a sequel to the famous 'Coming to America' film, is "resting comfortably" Schwartz said. He also provided some details about what exactly happened to Anderson, prompting prayers and messages for a speedy recovery to quickly flood the internet.
The tragic news of Armstrong's condition comes as fans are mourning the passing of another beloved comedian. On January 9, fellow funnyman and actor Bob Saget was found dead at an Orlando hotel, reportedly suffering from a heart attack. He was laid to rest on January 14, in a star-studded affair with his funeral attended by the 'Full House' cast, as well as fellow comedians Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Ross, Marc Maron, and Dave Chappelle.
Thankfully, Anderson is alive and appears to be doing well for now, but his diagnosis does bode well according to some experts. Here's what we know about his condition.
Is Louie Anderson OK?
While Schwartz didn't go into extensive detail, he revealed that Anderson was diagnosed with Diffuse large B cell lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer, which affects roughly 18,000 people each year in the US alone. It is also the same type of cancer that Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus was diagnosed with, and overcame in late 2021 after a six-month battle. The 49-year-old spent a considerable part of 2021 undergoing treatment but confirmed he was cancer-free in September.
The Lymphoma Research Foundation notes that the cancer is "is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma" and is considered "potentially curable". A fact sheet from the foundation says it can be treated with "a combination of chemotherapy and a monoclonal antibody." Stem cell transplants are also advised as a course of action. Based on the foundation's website, it appears Anderson has a good chance of recovering from cancer.
Schwartz did not say how serious his condition was, but from his brief statement, it appears the disease was diagnosed early, or at least before it proved to be too harmful. The comedian is being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, where he now lives due to his prolific career. Spanning four decades, Anderson has appeared across a large number of films and TV shows, apart from his stand-up acts and even books. He's also a three-time Emmy Award winner, and one of LA's most popular stand-up acts. So when Schwartz confirmed he was battling cancer, the net quickly swarmed with people eager to wish him well.
Amongst those that sent wishes was singer Brian Evans, who tweeted, "I love you, Louie. Get well soon," and blogger Perez Hilton who said, "Fuuuuunnk! #LouieAnderson will come through this!!!" One person tweeted, "if ‘22 takes Louie Anderson i’m going to flip my shit."
if ‘22 takes Louie Anderson i’m going to flip my shit— انت ميت (@morrithy) January 19, 2022
So far, Anderson has not directly commented on his hospitalization. Any updates are likely to come via Schwartz.
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