"John Candy Day" Proclaimed in Toronto for Late Actor's 70th Birthday

John Candy
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John Candy

"It’s really special, and am so happy for him especially on his birthday to receive such a high honor!" says the actor's son.

John Candy would have turned 70 on Halloween, and to celebrate his life and legendary talent, the City of Toronto is proclaiming Oct. 31 "John Candy Day."

Mayor John Tory made the announced Thursday via social media. "Tomorrow will be John Candy Day in Toronto. It’s our way of remembering a beloved actor and comedian with roots in Toronto. Proud to help honour the legacy of John Candy on what would have been his 70th birthday," Tory wrote.

Candy's children, Jen and Chris, tell The Hollywood Reporter they were deeply touched by the gesture.

"It’s really special, and am so happy for him especially on his birthday to receive such a high honor! Jonny Toronto has his day!" Chris Candy tells The Hollywood Reporter. Says Jen Candy, “It’s is such an honour for him! So excited to celebrate this special day! Halloween and his birthday all wrapped up in one amazing John Candy Day. Simply perfect."

The beloved funnyman was born Oct. 31, 1950, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Not just an actor, Candy was also a businessman. And in February 1991, he became a minority shareholder of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. The high point of that venture was the Argonauts winning the 1991 Grey Cup over the Calgary Stampeders. Tory noted all Candy's Toronto ties in his proclamation.

Candy died of a heart attack in Mexico on March 4, 1994, at the age of 43. The news both shocked and devastated Hollywood and his legions of fans.

"His sudden death was felt deeply in our city and around the world," reads the proclamation. "His legacy lives on through his family, his iconic performances, and his introduction into Canada's Walk of Fame and East York Hall of Fame."