John Candy was truly a powerhouse of comedic energy, being able to make anyone laugh. He is best remembered for his roles in the films Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, Home Alone, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, Uncle Buck, and the Thanksgiving-time classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
While we all remember him as being able to give the gift of laughter to anyone he came across, his kids remember him differently. Jennifer and Christopher, his children, remember the very last times they spoke to their dad. He would soon pass away unexpectedly at the age of 43 in 1994.
John Candy’s kids remember the last time they speak to their dad
Jen and Chris open up to The Hollywood Reporter about their final encounters with their late dad. “I was nine. It was a Friday,” Chris remembers. “I remember talking to him the night before he passed away and he said, ‘I love you and goodnight.’ And I will always remember that.”
Jen says she remembers her dad from the night before. “I was studying for a vocabulary test. I was 14… So I was talking to him on the phone, and, I hate this, but I was slightly distant because I was studying. So I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, I love you. I will talk to you later. Have a great night.’ Then I hang up, and I go back to studying.”
They call him an “amazing talent”
The following day, Candy’s kids had been attending a school mass when they received the tragic news that their father had passed away. Jen and Chris remember both “erupting” into tears. “We found out that it was a heart attack pretty immediately,” Chris says. “I just remember going ‘Why?’ because it doesn’t make any sense when you’re that young. I remember people coming over immediately; Chevy Chase coming over and family coming in that evening from Canada.”
Chris adds while remembering his late father, “He was an amazing talent, an amazing force. He was on this planet to do a lot, and he did do a lot.”
These two continue to carry out their late father’s legacy. Both Jen and Chris dabble in acting, keeping their father’s comedic memory alive.
Check out the video below for the very best of John Candy, we miss him so much!