The Billy Madison comic, 52, opened up about the death in his new Netflix special 100% Fresh, in which he sings a poignant song about his former Saturday Night Live colleague.
Sandler sings about Farley: “After a show he’d drink a quarter Jack and stick the bottle up his a**, boy, hungover as hell, he’d still show up to morning. We’d tell him, ‘Slow down, you’ll end up like Belushi and Candy.’ He said, ‘Those guys are my heroes, that’s all fine and dandy.’ I ain’t making that s**t up, that’s the truth about my friend Chris Farley.”
Farley infamously died at just 33 years old of a cocaine and morphine overdose. Belushi, also an SNL alum, also died at 33 after overdosing on a cocaine and heroin in 1982, while Candy was killed at 43 by a heart attack linked to his weight problems in 1994.
The morbidly obese Farley struggled with alcohol and drug addiction after he found fame, checking into rehab 17 times before his death at his apartment on December 18, 1997.
Sandler also revealed in his Farley tribute song that despite his over-the-top comedy, his pal was a sensitive, tortured soul who would be moved to tears by songs.
He sang: “I once saw him in the office crying with his headphones on, Listening to a KC And The Sunshine Band song, I said, ‘Buddy, how the hell is that making you so sad?’ Then he laughed and said, ‘Just thinkin’ about my dad.’”
Later in the song, Sandler admits his heart broke when he then saw Farley’s father Thomas John Farley Sr. weeping at his son’s funeral.
Sandler sang: “We flew out to bury our friend. Nothing was harder than saying goodbye, except watching Chris’ father, it was his turn to cry.”
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