John Cussack, who died Wednesday, had been in a hospital in Las Vegas for the past three days after suffering a pneumonia, his publicist said.
His wife, Lisa Cusak, confirmed the news on her Facebook page.
The actor, who has played the role of the wise-cracking mummy in the classic Disney movie, was hospitalized at the University of Southern California Medical Center, the Cusacks’ publicist, Lauren Cusaker, told the Los Angeles Times.
“He had pneumonia and it took a lot of time and courage to get through it,” Cussak said.
Cussacks family had requested privacy for the actor in recent days.
The comedian and writer had appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
several times this week.
“It is with profound sadness that we confirm John CUSAK passed away on Monday, December 13, 2018 at the age of 82,” the Cussaks said in a statement.
“We ask for privacy as we grieve.
John CUSSACK has been an inspiration and a champion of comedy, and we will always treasure his presence in our lives.
We ask for prayers and support for his family at this time.”
“We loved to have John as a friend, and he will be greatly missed by all of us,” Lisa CUSKAN wrote in a post on the CUSaks Facebook page on Wednesday.
“RIP John CUSEK.”
Cusks death was confirmed by a spokesperson for Kimmel Live!.
Kimmel posted the clip of Cusaks “Let’s Go Mummy” appearance on Kimmel Live!: “And here’s John Cusek, the mummified mummy that we all know and love.”
Kimmel’s Twitter feed posted a tribute to Cusakhs life: “The life of John CUZZAN is one of comedy’s greatest talents.
John had such a big heart and made me laugh in front of people who had never heard of him before.
He was one of the funniest guys in show business.
John was always funny, and one of my favorite characters to work with was the mummy, John M. Cuz.
Thank you John.”