jan hooks dead"Saturday Night Live" alum Jan Hooks has passed away at the age of 57, according to a report from TMZ.

Hooks was reportedly suffering from an undisclosed illness and died in New York City on Thursday. Hooks is best known for being a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986-1991. Her memorable characters include Candy Sweeney of "The Sweeney Sisters" sketches and impressions of Jodie Foster, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Bette Davis.

Hooks recently played the role of Jenna Maroney's mom, Verna, on "30 Rock" and had a recurring role as Carlene on "Designing Women." In 1998, she was nominated for an Emmy for a guest starring role on "3rd Rock From the Sun."

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