|Farley patriarch, Tom Farley Sr., died Mar. 27, 1999, at age 63, just 15 months after son Chris was found dead in his Chicago apartment, on Dec. 18, 1997. Some of his children were surprised that Tom Sr. lasted that long.|
Both an alcoholic and a voracious eater for much of his life, Tom Sr. weighed 600 pounds when he died.
For years before that, until his health collapsed and he was essentially housebound, he was the life of the party.
But it's a funny thing, his son tells me: "When my father died, we figured out that it was really Mom who was the funny one. She's just hilarious, but in a quieter way than he was. That's where Chris got a lot of it."
(The PHOTO attached, taken at a memorial for Chris Farley sharing happier memories of their beloved son Chris, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, from left: sister Barbara, father Tom Sr., mother Mary Ann and brother Tom Jr.)
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