Kevin Nealon Remembers His Ex Jan Hooks

by Jackie Willis 10:05 AM PDT, October 10, 2014
Photo: Twitter

Kevin Nealon paid tribute to his ex-girlfriend and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jan Hooks with an adorable twitpic.

The comedienne passed away in New York on Thursday, Oct. 9, at age 57 after battling an unnamed illness. Hooks is perhaps best known for her eight-year stint on SNL, where she and Nealon became close.

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Upon learning of Hooks death, the 60-year-old funnyman shared a flashback photo of himself with his former flame, writing: "My girlfriend in the '80s and my friend forever, Janners. God, were you talented. Too soon and too sad. #JanHooks."

Nealon was among a long list of celebrities who paid tribute to Hooks via Twitter on Thursday. Here are a few of those heartfelt tweets:

Amy Schumer: "Jan Hooks made me laugh so hard so many times. Very sad."

Seth MacFarlane: "Jan Hooks still stands out as one of the funniest cast members in SNL history. Very sorry to read about her passing."

Kristen Johnston: "I can't believe it. Jan Hooks appeared in many 3rd Rock eps. We all truly loved her. I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius."

Katie Couric: "So sorry to hear about Jan Hooks. I loved her on SNL."

Billy Eichner: "Such sad news about the BRILLIANT Jan Hooks. Worshiped her on SNL. RIP."

Jackee Harry: "My condolences to the family & friends of #SNL alum, #JanHooks. I had the pleasure of working w/ her on #DesigningWomen. A true gem. RIP."

John Hodgman: "Oh, Jan Hooks. I love you."

Paul Feig: "Incredibly sad about Jan Hooks. She was truly one of my favorite SNL cast members. So funny. A sad day for comedy. #RIPJanHooks."

Colin Hanks:
"Jan Hooks always made me laugh. always."

Joshua Malina: "Shocked and saddened to read that Jan Hooks passed away. R.I.P. to a very funny woman."

Tony Hale: "So so gifted. RIP Jan Hooks."

Cheyenne Jackson: "RIP JanHooks. Worked briefly with her on 30Rock and she was a twistedly brilliant comedic presence. #Adobe"

Longtime SNL announcer Don Pardo also passed away this past August. See ET's tribute to Pardo, below: