Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks died last week at age 57. Hooks had been battling a "serious illness" for some time before passing away. Current SNL cast members paid tribute to Jan's memory in a moving presentation that you can watch here.
But fans and former co-workers of comedian and actress Jan Hooks are not the ones feeling her loss the hardest. According to Fox News, Jan's family has been mourning her death and releasing a few statements about Jan's passing. While Hooks' family refused to talk about what illness took Jan's life, they did talk about how proud they were of Jan's life and her accomplishments.
"We will miss her terribly, but it is gratifying to see the outpouring of good wishes from so many people online," said Tom Hooks, Jan's brother. "We were awfully proud of Jan. She flew my mother and me to New York twice when she was on 'SNL.'"
According to the New York Daily News, Jan Hooks' cousin, Susan Morgan Brown, also commented on Jan's passing.
"All I can say is that Jan was not well for quite some time," said Susan.
Susan Brown and Tom Hooks are both from Cedartown, Georgia. Both of Jan's family members expressed that they did feel some relief that Jan won't be suffering from her undisclosed illness any longer.
Jan Hooks also has another surviving brother, Michael Hooks, who is 61.
According to the Northwest Georgia News, Jan Hooks will be buried by her family in Cedartown. Officials of Litesey Funeral Home, who are handling Jan's funeral arrangements, have stated that there will be no public service for the SNL star. Jan will most likely be buried beside her aunt and mother in a plot in Northview Cemetery, according to funeral home official Tony Brazier.
"We buried her aunt back 7 or 8 years ago," said Brazier. "Her mother was buried here in 1986, and I believe she is still tied to some of the Brown family that's here in town."
Jan Hooks is most famous for her SNL impressions of Ivana Trump, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Hillary Clinton, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Former cast member of Saturday Night Live Amy Poehler released the following statement in remembrance of Jan Hooks and the impression she had on Amy's life.
"I was 15 years old when I first saw Jan Hooks on SNL," said Amy. "All of her characters spoke to me. She was one of the greats."