Decatur native and SNL star Jan Hooks diesJan Hooks. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Jan Hooks, born in Decatur, Ga., died today at the age of 57.
TMZ reported that Hooks had been battling a serious illness. To read the full story from TMZ, click here. NBC News reported that Hooks left Decatur in 1973 and moved to Florida. She came back to Atlanta in 1979, NBC news reported.
“Eventually, she worked with Bill Tush on ‘Tush,’ a one-hour comedy-variety show for Turner Broadcasting and gained a cult following for her collection of characters,” NBC reported.
Her career took off from there and she became a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1991. To read the full NBC story, click here. Here’s more of Hooks’ work.