John Candy’s rise to stardom started in 1972 with his acceptance into the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto.
There he would become a regular writer and performer on the television program SCTV alongside other up-and-coming comics.
With SCTV moving to network television in 1981, he would win awards that year and the next for writing for the show, including an Emmy Award.
However, Candy’s big break came with the movie Splash in 1984, where he played alongside Tom Hanks.
This propelled his fame to greater heights as he became in high demand for the goofy side character in many movies over a decade. Just as he reached his peak, however, tragedy struck with his untimely death.
10 Circumstances Of Death
John Candy passed away on the set of Wagons East near Durango, Mexico. After shooting his last scene for the movie, he celebrated by cooking a late dinner for his assistants.
He talked to his costars Richard Lewis and Robert Picardo and spoke to his children to say goodnight. After heading to bed, he would never wake up.
9 Unexpected Death
Candy passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 1994. While his death was presumed to be from a heart attack, the exact cause is still uncertain as no autopsy was ever performed.
Candy was 43 years old when he passed and left behind his wife, Rosemary Hobor, and two children, Christopher Michael and Jennifer Anne.