Canadian comedian Candy Palmater, who was best known for her work on “The Candy Show” and “Trailer Park Boys,” has died at 53.
The indigenous star’s wife and manager, Denise Tompkins, revealed her passing in an Instagram statement Saturday.
“I have few words. Candy passed away today at home suddenly,” Palmater’s bereaved widow wrote. “I will post information soon.” The post came with an accompanying image that read, “a great glowing spirit left our world today,” along with the “Big Pride” actress’ birth and death dates.
Details surrounding the Toronto resident’s death are unknown, although Palmater had revealed on social media that she’d spent several weeks in a Toronto hospital.
Palmater first shared the news of her hospitalization in early December, along with a photograph of herself sporting a breathing tube.
Talk show host Cynthia Loyst added: ‘I’m in absolute shock. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of you, Denise.’
Melissa Grelo said: ‘My heart is breaking. What a light she was in all our lives.’
Over the course of her career, Palmater had roles in the television series Forgive Me, Sex & Violence, and Trailer Park Boys.
Her daily CBC Radio summer series The Candy Palmater Show debuted on May 30, 2016.
After Palmater’s show ended, she did another stint as guest host of Q for several weeks in September and October.
In 2017 she was a guest on Canada Reads, advocating for Katherena Vermette’s novel The Break.
Palmater was also a frequent guest panellist on the CBC Radio comedy series Because News hosted by Gavin Crawford.