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'SNL' Legend Tom Davis

Al Franken Comedy Partner

Dies from Cancer

7/19/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Davis
, the comedic genius behind some classic "Saturday Night Live" skits ... died from neck and throat cancer today.

Davis and Al Franken were the comedic duo responsible for writing several of the bits that helped make Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd huge stars in the early days of 'SNL.'

Davis died at his home in a New York City suburb. He was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009.

A couple of legendary gems on Davis' 'SNL' resume include "Coneheads" and "Nick the Lounge Singer."



Davis was 59.

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1.

Criss    

R.I.P. I was just watching Trading Places the other day where he and Al were playing the baggage handlers.

764 days ago
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Annie     

Franken and Davis Rocked!! RIP Tom! Your humor will be missed

764 days ago
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sidithers    

SNL was the funniest show in the 70's
Now SNL is garbage

764 days ago
4.

parlayer    

couldn't keep those band daded objects out of his mouth.

764 days ago
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Northerner    

Rest In Peace, you and all the other SNL folks gave me some serious laughs back in the 70's & 80's when SNL was at its best!

thanks for the laughs

764 days ago
6.

Gretel    

That's sad. I think boys need their HPV shots too because a lot of throat cancers come from HPV. Ask Michael Douglas.

764 days ago
7.

MrHarrybawls2010    

Why couldn't it be Lindsay Lohan??

764 days ago
8.

nisiek    

Love Al Franken...thank God I grew up in the 70's when SNL was amazing!! I watched it all throughout the 70's and Al Franken was one of the ingenous ones!! RIP Al, you were great!!

764 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

Even as a kid, I knew those early-years, were truly
original and innovative television.
Many thanks, to The entire -brilliant- cast and crew

My sincere condolences to the Family, Friends, Loved-ones, and Colleagues of Tom Davis.

May The True and Living Yahweh, bless his soul.

764 days ago
10.

Truth    

SMOKING IS A BITCH! #TRUTH!!

764 days ago
11.

IceGypsy    

Wow, we have lost so many greats this year. He helped make SNL a great show back in the day. And gosh darn it people did like you. RIP

764 days ago
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p51d007    

Too bad Davis was the FUNNY one. Franken is an underweight dope.

764 days ago
13.

Symian    

The Franken and Davis writing team was as much a part of the success of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, as were the players themselves. People forget that, or never knew it at all.
 
Tom Davis, your kind of talent will be missed.

764 days ago
14.

jc    

RIP....Sad when truly talented people like Davisare taken from us and slags like Lilo are still breathing

764 days ago
15.

Jeff Becker    

The wrong partner died.

764 days ago
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