Comedian Jay Leggett Dies After Day of Hunting

By: Pam Wright - November 25, 2013

Actor, comedian, and writer Jay Leggett has died.

Leggett, who lived(image) in Los Angeles, but was visiting his native Tomahawk, Wisconsin, collapsed and died Saturday after a day of hunting, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has reported. He was 50.

Emergency crews were called to a cabin in Tomahawk shortly after 4 p.m., arriving to find family members performing CPR on Leggett, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Paramedics continued the effort until it was determined that Leggett could not be saved. The Lincoln County Coronor responded to the scene and pronounced Leggett dead of natural causes.

Leggett used his upbringing and his love for northern Wisconsin culture as a foundation for his humor.

In the late 1990s and early 1980s, Leggett honed his performing style in Chicago’s Improv Olympic comedy troupe, the same group that included performers such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Chris Farley.

Leggett performed in a string television shows, including “In Living Color”, “Ally McBeal” and “NYPD Blue.” He also acted, wrote and produced movies including “Employee of the Month” and “Without a Paddle.”

Image via Twitter

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  • Normandy

    This is pretty funny. Deer is killed by pig-pig dies of heart attack. Did they strap him on the hood too?