The 43 year old, 375 pound comic was filming Wagons East, with Richard Lewis, in Durango, Mexico, located about 100 miles northwest of
Mexico City. Candy was staying in the Camino del Perque, and his room number was
120. Dig the crucifix.
On the last day of his life, they filmed for long hours in stifling heat. Filming
stopped around 10 PM, when John decided to have dinner. Candy had spaghetti for his last meal.
At 11o'clock, he decided to take a shower. That was the last time anyone
This video shows John's last moments at work.
The next morning at 8, his bodyguard, Gustavo Populus phoned the house, but there was
no reply. 15 minutes later, he let himself in. In the bedroom, half in and half out of
bed, he found John Candy. He was wearing a long red and black checked nightshirt. It was
obvious that he was dead, and there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in the room. A
doctor was called, and at 9 AM, he was pronounced officially dead. It was decided that
Candy had suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. It was March 4,
Upon hearing of Candy's death, the Laugh Factory (one of his usual stomping
grounds) showed their respect. Trivia: The Laugh Factory used to be
Groucho Marx's office and according to some staff, still haunts it.
His wife begged that an autopsy not be performed, and his body remained in the bed
until 4 PM, when an ambulance removed it. He was put in a body bag, and four people had to load him up, onto the jet back home.
John Candy's funeral took place on Wednesday, March 9th, at St. Martin of the
Tours church, in Brentwood, California. Nicole Simpson's church. Dan Aykroyd delivered the
eulogy, and mourners included Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks, Rick Moranis, Jim Belushi, Martin
Short, George Wendt, Rhea Perlman, Bill Murray, and Ed Harris, along with John's widow
Rosemary, and his two kids.
Candy is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Culver City, California. They finally
marked his grave. He is two spaces above Fred