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Jan Hooks, a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986-1991, passed away today after a long battle with a serious illness. She was 57 years old.

Sources confirm that Hooks, who most recently guest-starred on 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s mother, passed away in New York City.

The precise cause of death is unknown at this time.

Jan Hooks: Dead at 57

Hooks appeared on the iconic sketch comedy program opposite Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller, among others.


She is best remembered for impressions of Sinead O’Connor and Hillary Clinton, while Hooks was also one half of the Sweeney Sisters.

Following her run on Saturday Night Live, Hooks joined the cast of Designing Women and later had a prominent role on Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award in 1998 for an appearance on 3rd Rock from the Sun.

We send our thoughts to the loved ones of Jan Hooks.