From one Candian legend to another, Ryan Reynold’s is paying tribute to the late John Candy on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Candy died on Mar. 4, 1994 while on vacation in Durango City, Mexico of a presumed heart attack. An autopsy was never performed on the 43-year-old.
Reynolds shared a montage of some of Candy’s most memorable roles on his Twitter. Everything from “Spaceballs” to “Splash” was covered and set to Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”.
Reynolds captioned the video, “It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure.”
He thanked Candy’s two children, Chris and Jennifer.
Jennifer wrote on her page that the video “made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet.”
Chris also shared his sentiments thanking Reynolds and his crew, “this is lovely.”
The last movie Candy filmed was “Wagons East!”, however Michael Moore’s film “Canadian Bacon” was delayed making it the last of Candy’s films to hit theatres.
He struggled with his weight for much of his life and was a heavy smoker. Just before his death, he was trying to get his life in order by seeing a cardiologist and other doctors.
He rose to fame on SCTV when NBC picked up the show. As a fan favourite, Candy was a master of impressions like Julia Child, Tom Selleck, and Don Rickles.
Candy had a way of bringing heartwarming sentiment in the middle of his comedy. Particularly his famous line “I like me” from the “Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” monologue. A gentle but firm reminder that even the most confident of us need that self-assurance.