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The Final Days of Chris Farley

The beloved comedian led a life of drug excess, and ultimate tragedy.

For millions of fans, the death of comedian Chris Farley in 1997 to a drug overdose was both shocking, and a terrible waste of great talent.  Farley was just 33 years old when, passed out upon the floor of his Chicago apartment, his heart, overcome by the excesses of drugs and weight, ceased beating.  As is so often the case with a “gone too early” celebrity death, much speculation surrounded the comedy star’s last moments.  Here now is the actual story of Chris Farley’s final hours.

Unknown to many of his fans at the time, Farley had struggled with serious drug and alcohol addiction for years.  His status as cast-member party king while on Saturday Night Live was legendary to his co-stars, but that information was successfully kept from the public.  Those close to Farley later indicated he spoke often of the unlikelihood he would enjoy a long life.  Sadly, Farley appeared intent to prove himself correct.

Four days prior to his death, Farley returned to SnL as the guest star, and for those who had not seen him in months, the transformation was shocking.  His weight had increased considerably, and it was clear the comedian was not operating at anywhere near competent capacity.  Concern for Farley’s well being became so bad his fellow comedians complained to the show’s producers they feared Farley was going to suffer a heart attack on the set.  Farley had arrived with two hookers on each arm, doing little to hide his ever increasing drug use.  A longtime girlfriend later indicated Farley had simply “given up”.  Having grown bored and upset at the “funny fat guy” film roles he was receiving, and seeing no way to alter his career course, Farley told her he wasn’t going to bother trying to be sober anymore.  She indicated that was when she knew he was prepared to die for his lifestyle.

Following the Saturday Night Live show, Farley went on an unhinged partying binge, staying awake for nearly four days prior to returning to his apartment in Chicago where he secured more drugs and yet another call girl.  The two went out to various clubs during the long night, then returned to Farley’s apartment where they repeatedly attempted to have sex.  Farley was unable to perform each time, and each time he returned to yet more drug intake – on this particular night a fatal combination of heroin and cocaine, known more commonly as a “speedball”.  It is the same combination that led to the death of Farley’s own comedic idol John Belushi, who, like Farley, also died at age 33.  Same drugs.  Same age.

Farley’s final moments took place on the floor adjacent his apartment entrance where he had finally collapsed.  The call girl later told police she thought he had simply passed out.  As he lay on the floor, she took his picture, took his watch, and turned to leave.  The last thing she heard Farley say was, “Don’t leave me.”

Chris Farley’s body was found the following afternoon by his brother.  He had been dead for hours.  Farley’s corpse was still lying on the floor, his right hand clutching rosary beads.  Farley was a lifelong Catholic, and despite his lifestyle, maintained a strong spiritual faith to the end.  Unfortunately, his own personal demons won out during his final hours, leaving him utterly alone as he breathed his last.

WARNING:  Graphic Photo

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  1. SuperMember

    On October 13, 2010 at 9:51 am


    great share :)
    plz comment on my last articles

  2. Shaun Hughes

    On October 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm


    Ah, Chris Farley is still on of my favourite comedians.
    Good share.

  3. L

    On October 14, 2010 at 12:59 am


    in a van…DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!

    rip Chris Farley… too young.

  4. 749841692369

    On October 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm


    Chris Farley was funny in all his movies, Bevelry Hills Ninja especially.

  5. ninjablade

    On October 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm


    Chris Farley was hilarious and I loved his movies. It’s a shame he lived this way. Thanks for the article.

  6. bkenber

    On October 19, 2010 at 12:54 am


    I had heard about Farley\’s descent into drugs and alcohol, so his death wasn\’t a huge surprise as he considered John Belushi his idol. All the same, his death was very sad and senseless. He created a lot of memorable characters on SNL, and he is still missed. Thanks for the article.

  7. researchanalyst

    On October 19, 2010 at 1:01 am


    thats so sad, he was a funny actor too

  8. mvvenkataramann

    On October 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm


    He who brought laughter to all
    At last passed away pathetically
    This is God’s inscrutable riddle
    Who knows what will happen next?

    But, in general, comedians’ lives
    Are full of deepest agonies
    Charlie Chaplin was an exception
    Laurel and Hardy really suffered

    Many Indian comedians struggled
    Either mentally or financially
    This tragedy is a real paradox
    God alone possesses the answer.

  9. mo hoyal

    On October 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm


    Tragic loss

  10. Dan Wolfe

    On October 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm


    I think the picture was unnecessary and however good the article may have been was ruined by the photo, which is why I won’t be clicking like. Two thumbs down.

  11. pinkrose88

    On October 20, 2010 at 2:27 am


    I’m sure that call girl is very guilty upon knowing his death.

  12. fifileigh

    On October 20, 2010 at 3:10 am


    interesting article, but sad.

  13. Souldose

    On October 20, 2010 at 7:42 am


    Tragic..Beautiful writing though

  14. Michael Reinhardt

    On October 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm


    God have mercy…

  15. catlord

    On October 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm


    “….his right hand clutching rosary beads”

    -His other right-hand?

  16. Ukrainian

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:16 am


    Very interesting with many detais…. and very-very sad.

  17. netbooki13

    On October 21, 2010 at 3:02 am


    sad lolzzz

  18. EricPinola

    On October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am


    I think the picture made the story believable. I would have written off most of the details as “tale to be told” without the picture.

    The Hail Mary is a very strong prayer……

    Everyone has their demons and cross to bear.

    Great post!

    Eric Pinola

  19. d6d24r94

    On October 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm


    Interesting. It’s so sad how many celebrities have these problems. I didn’t realize he was so young.

  20. Chris

    On March 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm


    Chris Farley is one of God’s strongest angels. Notice the Bible and Rosary in his hand. I have had an encounter with his Angel. He was saved by God moments before his death. Our God is a loving and forgiving one. Getting into heaven does not involve reading scripture for 2 hours a day. If Farley can become an Angel there is hope for everyone. I also had an encounter with one of Satan’s strongest Angels….Layne Staley. The lead singer of Alice in Chains. Don’t belive me?….watch ExaggerArt become one of world’s largest fan pages on Facebook.
    God bless,
    - Chris

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