Legendary funny man Leslie Nielsen died today of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, this according to his agent. He was 84.Here's a better story from CBC News
We've lost a legend of comedy and a part of Canadian cinema's legacy.
I saw Naked Gun when I was around 8 and it was my first real foray into absurdist comedy. Neilsen's deadpan delivery caught me, and kindled in me a love for the absurd. From there I moved onto the films of Mel Brooks and Nielsen's own earlier work, Airplane.
In my opinion, he was under-rated as a dramatic actor, though. One of my favorite roles was as Paul Gross' eccentric, 'shroom-growing, father in Men With Brooms.
As a country up until recently not particularly well known for our entertainers, Leslie Neilsen was someone I was proud to have represent our Nation in the entertainment industry.
Rest in Peace Mr. Nielsen.