Chris Farley passed away after a fatal drug overdose on December 18th, 1997. 21 years after his death, Adam Sandler, David Spade, and others posted tributes to the comedian on social media. The trio were pretty inseparable during their stint on Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s, starring in numerous skits together as well as movies like Billy Madison with Sandler, and later in Tommy Boy and Black Sheep with Spade. When Spade and Sandler were on screen together in SNL, they could often be seen breaking character and laughing at Farley.
The latest Adam Sandler Netflix special, 100% Fresh, contains a song tribute that the comedian wrote for Chris Farley. Sandler posted a link to the song and captioned it by saying, "We all miss you, bud." David Spade said, "21 years ago one of the greats died," and posted a link to some hilarious outtakes from Tommy Boy, one of which features Farley flashing Spade and freaking him out pretty good. It's hard to believe that it's been 21 years since Farley passed away.
Stephen Colbert also posted a tribute to Farley. The two met back at the beginning of their comedy careers at Second City. Farley ended up getting his gig at Saturday Night Live in 1990 and was on the show until 1995. Colbert had this to say about Farley.
"Chris Farley and I started at Second City on the same day. You knew the minute you saw him on stage he was great. He was sweet and smart and funny. When I heard he had died, 21 years ago today, I fell to the ground. Rest In Peace."
Chris Farley died at the age of 33 from an accidental overdose of cocaine and morphine and was found by his brother in his apartment. The comedian also had health problems because of his weight. At the time of his death, he was 296 lbs. He reportedly sought treatment for drugs, alcohol, and his weight issues 17 times over the years, but he kept going back to his demons. Advanced atherosclerosis was also cited as a "significant contributing factor," to Chris Farley's death. The comedian's death has often been compared to John Belushi, who died at the same age under similar circumstances.
While all of the tributes to Chris Farley have been heartfelt, it's Adam Sandler's song from 100% Fresh that has been getting shared. The song goes into their relationship and working on Saturday Night Live, name dropping specific skits, while throwing in a quite a few expletives, so make sure you don't watch the video at work. Nobody needs to be crying and listening to bad language in the office. With that being said, you can check out some of the tributes to Chris Farley below, starting with the song from Adam Sandler's Twitter account.
We all miss you, bud. https://t.co/Qd5p7px5Ch— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) December 18, 2018
21 years ago one of the greats died Chris Farley. Here’s some gag reel stuff of him from Tommyboy https://t.co/r9whOtvpbL— David Spade (@DavidSpade) December 18, 2018
Chris Farley and I started at Second City on the same day. You knew the minute you saw him on stage he was great. He was sweet and smart and funny. When I heard he had died, 21 years ago today, I fell to the ground. Rest In Peace.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) December 19, 2018
Chris Farley: You remember when you were with the Beatles, and you were supposed to be dead, and there was all these clues, that you'd play some song backwards, and it'd say, 'Paul Is Dead,' and everyone thought that you were dead?— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) December 19, 2018
Paul McCartney: Yeah, I wasn't really dead. pic.twitter.com/IiR9EtHV2l
Remembering comedian Chris Farley, who died 21 years ago today at age 33. pic.twitter.com/BdpumLEKQe— Clayton Baker🥋 (@IGIF_) December 18, 2018
I was going to say here’s us and that Chris Farley was me at Sticks and Straws, but really, he could be any of us and that’s why I love you guys. It's so funny "Chris Farley"#TuesdayThoughts#ChrisFarley#TuesdayMotivationpic.twitter.com/TjYUheaOEG— Bailey King (@RealBaileyking) December 19, 2018
@AdamSandler@DavidSpade Just watched the Netflix song tribute for Chris Farley. He’s brought a lot of laughs to our family as well & for Halloween a couple years ago, we did a tribute to Chris & some of our favorite SNL characters he did. What a guy.❤️ pic.twitter.com/CdSifnLUHI— Lyndsey Stulken (@lyndsmariestulk) December 18, 2018