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'Saturday Night Live' writer Tom Davis dies, aged 59

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Tom Davis, a comedian and Emmy-award winning writer for Saturday Night Live, has died.

Davis passed away on Thursday (July 19) after a struggle with throat and neck cancer, The New York Times reports. He was 59.

Tom Davis, Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live writer, who has died aged 59. He is pictured with friend and fan Mary Duffy.

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[Tom Davis pictured at a book signing in March 2009]

A post on the Saturday Night Live Twitter feed read: "So saddened by the death of our friend Tom Davis. We're so fortunate to have shared so many laughs, smiles & wonderfully great times with him."

Davis rose to fame working with Al Franken in the comedy duo 'Franken and Davis'. He wrote for Saturday Night Life on numerous occasions between 1975 and 2003, creating memorable skits and characters including 'The Coneheads' and Dan Aykroyd's impersonation of celebrity chef Julia Childs.

The comedian's tenure on Saturday Night Live earned him three Emmy Awards and nine Emmy nominations during the 1970s, while he won a fourth Emmy for his contribution to a Paul Simon TV special produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels.

In his later years, Davis worked with Aykroyd on the script for a third Ghostbusters film.

Davis is survived by his wife Mimi Raleigh, his brother Robert Davis, and his mother Jean Davis.

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