Jan Hooks, former star of Saturday Night Live, has passed away after suffering from a 'serious illness', it has been reported.
Her cause of death remains unknown.
The comedienne appeared on the NBC variety show from 1986 to 1994.
Her co-stars at the time included Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and Chris Farley.
Born in Georgia, she was also noted for playing Vicki Dubcek in the comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.
"Incredibly sad about Jan Hooks," wrote Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, which featured SNL alumni Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
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.kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) October 9, 2014
Incredibly sad about Jan Hooks. She was truly one of my favorite SNL cast members. So funny. A sad day for comedy. #RIPJanHooksPaul Feig (@paulfeig) October 9, 2014
RIP Jan Hooks. Dammit.Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) October 9, 2014
RIP Jan Hooks. One of the all time greats.Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) October 10, 2014
RIP JAN HOOKS. one of the greatest performers in SNL history.Andy Cohen (@Andy) October 10, 2014
Thank you Jan Hooks.John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 9, 2014
"She was truly one of my favorite SNL cast members. So funny. A sad day for comedy."
Kristen Johnston, who starred opposite Hooks in 3rd Rock from the Sun, posted: "I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius."
Arrested Development actor Tony Hale added: "So so gifted. RIP Jan Hooks."Reuse content