Sunday, March 27, 2011
Air Farce Actor & Comedian Roger Abbott Dies
Canadian actor and comedian Roger Abbott has died, Don Ferguson of CBC's Royal Canadian Air Farce said Abbott, 64, died Saturday night at Toronto General Hospital, 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He kept the progressive disease secret from all but a few close friends and family until a week ago, Ferguson said. "Roger was the guiding light of Royal Canadian Air Farce since it began in 1973, and all of us who have had the honour of working with him and the pleasure of knowing him will dearly miss his kindness, generosity, integrity, leadership and wonderful sense of humour," he said.
Abbott, Ferguson and Luba Goy were part of the original troupe that began the political satire on CBC Radio in 1973, and they were together for the final episode on television, a New Year's Eve special Final Flight!, filmed at CBC studios in downtown Toronto and broadcast in 2008.
Abbott has received numerous awards for his work, including 15 Actra awards, a Juno and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award and was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.