Canadian-born Leslie Nielsen passed away at 84 on Sunday November 28th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after being treated for pneumonia.
Nielsen is known for making audiences laugh with movies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun.
Nielsen’s agent, John. S. Kelly, confirmed that the actor died on Sunday at 5:34 p.m. near his home in Florida, surrounded by his “lovely wife and friends”, due to complications of pneumonia. He had been hospitalized for almost two weeks from the pneumonia.
Nielsen’s nephew, Doug Nielsen told Canadian radio station CKNW, “Just in this last 48 hours, the infection has gotten too much. He just fell asleep and passed away.”
Nielsen was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, where his father was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. Nielsen began his career in the 1950s after training at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse.
Kelly stated that Nielsen “enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.” The line that the actor will be remember most for was from Airplane! where he, as Dr. Rumack, said, “I am serious . . . and don’t call me Shirley.”
Nielsen leaves behind his fourth wife, Barbaree Lee Neilsen, and two daughters, Maura Nielsen Kaplan and Thea Nielsen Disney.
Shirley he will be missed. R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen.