David Spade Remembers Friend and Co-Star Chris Farley on the 20th Anniversary of His Death
By Meredith B. Kile
Two decades after his death, Chris Farley's comedy legacy lives on.
Family, friends and fans of the late Saturday Night Live star -- who starred on the NBC sketch show from 1990-95 before embarking on a film career that includes several beloved cult classics -- took to social media on Monday to remember the funnyman 20 years after his untimely death from a drug overdose at age 33.
Farley's friend and frequent collaborator, David Spade, paid tribute to the comedian on Instagram, sharing a pensive shot of his Tommy Boy and Black Sheep co-star with the caption "20 years ago today."
Spade frequently shares throwback shots of Farley to mark significant milestones and anniversaries. Back in February, he celebrated what would have been the comedian's 53rd birthday with a touching tribute.
"Heard just now it was Farley's birthday today. Still has an effect on me and lots of people around the world," he captioned a shot of the pair. "Its funny that I run into people [now] that don't know who he is. That's the reality of life moving on but still shocks me a bit. If u haven't heard of him maybe look him up. Lots of laughs I promise."
Farley's younger brother, actor Kevin Farley, also marked the occasion by sharing several articles about the boisterous performer's all-too-short career.
"Hard to believe it’s 20 years," he tweeted. "Tell the ones you love that you love them."
Hard to believe it’s 20years. Tell the ones you love that you love them. Remembering Chris Farley 20 years after his death: 'People talk about him like he's alive. In many ways he still is' https://t.co/XsHCP6B6rf via @WiStateJournal
20 yrs ago I was shooting a funeral scene with @Imkevinfarley when i picked up my phone “I’m sorry about Chris.” I hung up & went to find Kevin because I knew..RIP Chris Farley. My friend, my best man & fellow addict. Your legacy is your work & wonderful family. I love you Chris.