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.
Real sad to hear of the passing of Jay Leggett. Real nice guy and a real talent. RIP
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) November 25, 2013
Jay Leggett wasn't a household name but the former Chicago improviser made a big impact on those who knew him. http://t.co/AOc0a7gqEE
— Nina Metz (@NinaMetzNews) November 24, 2013
RIP my friend, teacher and mentor Jay Leggett. You will be missed.
— ADAMDEVINE (@ADAMDEVINE) November 24, 2013
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.”
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