November 28th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Actor Leslie Nielsen dies of complications from pneumonia

Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his film roles in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" series, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his family said.

Nielsen died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends. He was 84.

"In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the charity of your choice," the family said in a statement.

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  1. adrifter

    Amazing life. I often wondered how someone born in the Yukon, the son of a Mountie, could end up becoming a Hollywood star while his brother became the deputy prime minister of Canada. Interesting family. You'll long be remembered, Leslie.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BubbaBoy

    Wow....talk about weird....i just watched a re-run episode of Highway to Heaven where he (Leslie Nielson) died from being murdered and was given a second chance. Strange.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Quincy9

      Now THAT is freaky.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bryan

    sad

    November 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. MongoNYC

    Loved LN, even more because we share the same last name. Of course it would have been nice if CNN got the spelling right.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. LMNOP

    Jane: I've heard police work is dangerous.
    Frank: It is. That's why I carry a big gun.
    Jane: Aren't you afraid it might go off accidentally?
    Frank: I used to have that problem.
    Jane: What did you do about it?
    Frank: I just think about baseball.

    You will be missed. RIP Leslie Nielsen.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lifesonfan

    He was really sinister in "Creepshow"! But "Police Squad" was his masterpiece!

    November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bex

    We lost a funny & great actor today...rest in peace, Leslie Nielsen! No one will forget you.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. eric

    Thank you.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bryan

    Really, that's the best photo they could come up with?
    WTH?

    November 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nancy

    An indescribably funny man, with a genuine heart...God bless you Leslie, you are much loved!

    November 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. LL

    So sad, he was so funny. I always loved the Naked Gun movies!

    November 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. pflo

    He was the master of dry comedy. He was so good, that as a Canadian, I didn't even care that he was a Canadian. A lovely man and a great soul.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Steve

    I like him as an actor and I am not trying to sound like a jerk here but..... Why, when an old celebrity dies (84 is old) there always has to be the phrase, "They died from ________". They are old, old people die, that really needs to be the only reason. Good actor, funny man, all around nice guy.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim

      They used to say "natural causes". Everybody is so technical now I guess they need a real reason.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Quincy9

    I saw him a few times and spoke to him in Publix (a grocery store, for those who don't live here). Very nice man. Condolences to his wonderful family.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JustPlainJoe

    Very Funny Fellow !

    (even tolerated working with the O.J)

    Will be missed.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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