Former ‘SNL’ cast member Peter Aykroyd dead at 66

Emmy-nominated comedian Peter Aykroyd, a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” has died at the age of 66, the show announced Saturday.

“‘Saturday Night Live’ revealed the actor-writer’s death with a card that displayed a picture of the previous featured player the years of his birth and death,” Deadline reported.

Aykroyd, the younger brother of former “SNL” cast member Danny Aykroyd, starting making a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a member of the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto, USA Today reported.

He was a writer and member of the cast on during the 1979-1980 season of “SNL,” and earned an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program.

Also in 1979, he starred in the short film “Java Junkie,” a slip of which “SNL” shared on its Twitter page:

The clip shows Aykroyd downing endless cups of coffee at a diner. “I knew I had become a Java Junkie,” he says in the film.

Eventually, he’s kicked out of the diner, and proceeds to drink coffee wherever he can find it.

“Well, they found me that night, and threw me into this place, Maxwell House,” he says, calling the house a “center for caffeine addiction where I was placed under observation” and ultimately “decaffeinated.”

Aykroyd wasn’t just known for his work on “SNL” and “Java Junkie.”

“He created the Canadian series ‘PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal’ and co-wrote the 1991 film ‘Nothing but Trouble’ with his brother. His additional acting roles throughout the ’90s included ‘Nothing but Trouble,’ ‘Coneheads,’ ‘The Blues Brothers Animated Series’ and ‘Justice,'” according to Deadline.

Tributes poured in on social media:

A cause of death was not immediately made clear.