The Saturday Night Live writer who co-created “The Coneheads” and “The WhipMaster,” among other hilarious skits, has died. Tom Davis, the lesser-known collaborator with Al Franken, succumbed to throat and neck cancer at age 59. He recently penned these poignant words on dying. Today on Twitter, celebs and friends offered their poignant goodbyes to this comic genius and legendary Deadhead:
A good, important dude. Tom Davis. RIP. say.ly/rBM3Nme
— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) July 19, 2012
RIP TOM DAVIS. He was very cool and sweet and he showed me how to break into the 11th fl. garden at 30 Rock. YOU WILL BE MISSED!
— Horatio Sanz (@MrHoratioSanz) July 19, 2012
Rip Tom Davis- a great comedian.
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) July 19, 2012
“I want to remind you that dead people are people too. There are good dead people and bad dead people.” Tom Davis re Dead People. R.I.P. Tom
— James Andrew Miller (@ESPNBook) July 19, 2012
I met Tom Davis when SNL started in 1975.I knew him to be a funny, kindhearted guy.The world has lost one of its good people. RIP Tom.
— Alan Zweibel (@AlanZweibel) July 19, 2012
RIP Tom Davis, SNL original.He was as kind as he was funny.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/art…
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21) July 19, 2012
Vale the one, the only, the outrageously brilliant Mr. Tom Davis. Belushi has a napkin for you to turn into a sketch now, so get to it! RIP
— Lachy Hulme (@LachyHulme) July 19, 2012
Sad news about the very funny and the nation’s sole likeable Grateful Dead fan, Tom Davis.
— Maria Schneider (@writtennoise) July 19, 2012
Awww… Not Tom Davis. The rock that grounded Al Franken’s lapses into dickeshness and a solid comedy writer of the 1st degree. RIP
— Ken Plume (@KenPlume) July 19, 2012
My friend Tom Davis passed away today. A gifted comic writer, a great performer, a world-class Deadhead, a gentle soul. nytimes.com/2012/07/20/art…
— Jon Reiner (@Jon_Reiner) July 19, 2012