Peter Aykroyd, the younger brother of Dan Aykroyd and a former cast member and writer on “SNL,” died one day after his 66th birthday.
“SNL” announced Aykroyd’s death by tweeting Tom Schiller’s 1979 comedic short “Java Junkie,” which starred Aykroyd as a coffee addict and Teri Garr as his waitress/dealer.
How Did Dan Aykroyd’s Brother Peter Aykroyd Die?
Peter Aykroyd’s death appears sudden, especially as we have little information regarding the writer and actor’s cause of death. No cause of death was indicated.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on November 19, 1955, the younger Aykroyd followed in his brother’s footsteps into Toronto’s legendary Second City comedy troupe, and then into the cast of “SNL.” During the 1979-1980 season of the show, Aykroyd worked as a writer and performer.
Aykroyd co-wrote “Nothing But Trouble,” a 1991 film directed by his brother and starring Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, and John Candy, with his brother.
He also starred in the films “Gas” (1981), “The Funny Farm” (1983), “Doctor Detroit” (1983), “Dragnet” (1987), “Coneheads” (1993), and “Kids of the Round Table” (1993), and developed the Canadian series “PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal” (1996-2000). (1995).
In real life, Aykroyd was a fourth-generation paranormal researcher, like his brother, who co-wrote and acted in the “Ghostbusters” franchise. His father, Peter Sr., was the author of the 2009 book “A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Seances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters,” which he died last year at the age of 98.