Comedians mourn Minneapolis-raised comic after death from cancer


The comedy world is reeling from the loss of a Minnesota-raised stand-up comic who died on Thanksgiving after a battle with brain cancer.

Andy Ritchie, who was born in Canada and grew up in Minneapolis, his website says, was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, sending some famous fellow comedians on a quest to help him.

This past July, comic friends Brendon WalshColton Dunn and Nick Swardson launched a GoFundMe page to help Ritchie with the costs of his medical care, as his illness had left him unable to work.

And last month, comedian Daniel Tosh, host of the Comedy Central hit Tosh.0, made headlines when he rasied $25,000 for Ritchie by auctioning off items from his show, only to bet it all against his favorite NFL team – the Miami Dolphins – and double it when the New England Patriots beat them, according to Inquisitr.

He donated his winnings to Ritchie's cause.

The GoFundMe page, meanwhile, has managed to take in over $100,000, but on Thursday, Walsh, known for appearances on Comedy Central's "Drunk History" and other shows, updated it with some grim news:

"Andy passed away this afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian. His mom, Ruby, and his brother Simon were all with him," he wrote. "I don't know what else to say. He was a great guy."

He also urged fans to stop donating, but thanked everyone who chipped in and wished them a happy Thanksgiving.

Among Ritchie's accomplishments were his appearances on Fox Sports Network's Softball 360, podcast Comedy Death Ray (now Comedy Bang Bang) and Live at Gotham, Comedy Central's stand-up showcase, according to his website, which says the comic "cut his teeth in the (Minneapolis) improvisational scene."

Here's a clip from one of his performances:

Fans are taking to Twitter with their thoughts on Ritchie's passing:

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