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On the 30th anniversary of John Belushi‘s death, Dan Aykroyd is speaking out about his close friend and Blues Brothers co-star.
“What John leaves behind is his legacy of laughter and fun,” Aykroyd tells HLN’s Showbiz Tonight in an interview, adding: “He was my brother.”
In a clip of the segment, slated to air Monday night at 11 p.m., Aykroyd reminisces about staying overnight with Belushi and his wife (although not in the same room). He and his Saturday Night Live co-hort shared a love of the blues, and hatched the concept for The Blues Brothers after meeting at Second City’s Toronto outpost in the early 1970s.
Belushi was found dead at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont on March 5, 1982 after taking a speedball of cocaine and heroin during a night of partying that included Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.
Penny Marshall told THR of his drug use, “I swear, you’d walk down the street with him, and people would hand him drugs. And then he’d do all of them — be the kind of character he played in sketches or Animal House.”
The Blues Brothers premiered in 1980, melding Aykroyd and Belushi’s complementary comic sensibilities and love of music to result in a hit movie and soundtrack. The comedians first debuted the characters on SNL in 1978.
Aykroyd said he misses Belushi each time he pays a visit to the House of Blues, the music-and-restaurant chain he founded.
Watch the clip below.
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