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.
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