'SNL' Director Matt Villines Dies at 39 After Cancer Battle, Colleagues and Loved Ones Mourn


Sad news.

Saturday Night Live director Matt Villines, one half of the comedy duo, "Matt and Oz," died on Saturday at 39, two years after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Many who worked with Villines on the long-running comedy variety show have taken to social media to pay their respects.

Late Night host Seth Meyers tweeted, "RIP Matt Villines who was a wonderful person and a terrific director."

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SNL writer and actor Mike O'Brien shared a moving photo of Villines, writing, "On our left there is my good friend Matt Villines (of "directed by Matt & Oz") lining up a shot for the Snl short, Monster Pals. I'm extremely sad to say he passed away last night. He was one of my favorite people. He taught me a ton about filmmaking and even more about being kind even when you're stressed or frustrated or sick."

"I'm going to post a handful of photos of him this week and I hope those of you who knew him will do the same," O'Brien added.

"I love you @mattandoz," tweeted current cast member Aidy Bryant.

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Brian Tucker, SNL's co-head writer, remembered Villines by highlighting some of his work, while noting that "he was a warm, kind guy who got an enormous amount done without ever raising his voice."

SNL alum Noel Wells wrote, "Heartbroken that the kind & talented SNL director Matt Villines has passed. Please support his wonderful wife Linda."

Villines and his partner, Oz Rodriguez, teamed up on several beloved SNL sketches, including "Sad Mouse," featuring Bruno Mars.

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A YouCaring page has been set up seeking donations to support Villines' wife, Linda. Many have already given to the fund, including one donor who identified as Bill Hader, writing, "I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and Matt's family. From one Tulsan to another...Bill."

"Linda's commitment was and is astonishing," the description of the donation page reads. "There is no doubt that her cheer, strength, and tireless ardor gave Matt more time on this planet, and made every day purposeful and buoyant."

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