Jan Hooks Death: Hollywood Mourns ‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum

“Designing Women” actress, 57, battled an undisclosed illness before dying Thursday

Last Updated: October 9, 2014 @ 4:38 PM

“Saturday Night Live” alum Jan Hooks died Thursday, and Hollywood’s top actors, writers and comedians expressed their condolences on social media.

The 57-year-old actress battled a serious undisclosed illness for years before dying Thursday morning in her New York home. Her most recent role was on Tina Fey‘s hit NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” where she played Jenna Maroney’s mother, Verna. Hooks also famously starred on two seasons of CBS’s “Designing Women” and on the HBO comedy series “Not Necessarily the News.”

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But Hooks is best known for her five-year turn on “SNL,” during which the actress famously portrayed Irish pop singer Sinead O’Connor, among other popular characters.

“R.I.P. Jan Hooks,” Orlando Jones, star of “Sleepy Hollow,” wrote on Twitter. “Loved your work on NBC’s ‘SNL,’ especially when you did Sinead O’Connor. Condolences to friends, family and loved ones.”

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Here are other heartfelt tweets from Hooks’ other well known fans: