Today marks the 25th anniversary of John Candy‘s death. The hilarious actor died at the age of 43 on this day, March 4, in 1994 as the result of a heart attack. To honor him, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds — a fellow Canadian — took to Twitter to pay homage to the man who impacted his career.
“It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing,” Reynolds, 42, tweeted along with a video compilation of some of the late comedian’s memorable roles. “We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure.”
It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure. Thanks to @chriscandy4u and @therealjencandy. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/dHvuviKnBs
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 3, 2019
The video hits on some of John’s iconic projects like Cool Runnings, Home Alone, Spaceballs and, of course, Planes, Trains & Automobiles to name a few. It features the 1985 song “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young and was created with the help of John’s two children — 39-year-old Jennifer Candy and 34-year-old Christopher Candy — who also shared the clip on social media.
“Thanks Ryan and your crew. This is lovely,” Christopher wrote when retweeting the video. Jennifer replied and added, “Like I said before, @VancityReynolds @ChrisCandy4u, This made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet! Thank you — 25 years tomorrow. Wow, he has so many people that absolutely love him, he was one of the best.”
Thanks Ryan and your crew. This is lovely. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/4TH1mwBxLF
— Chris Candy (@ChrisCandy4u) March 3, 2019
Like I said before . This made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet ! Thank you ❤️25years tomorrow. Wow. He has so many people that absolutely love him , he was one of the best.
— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) March 3, 2019
Other celebs — including Guillermo del Toro, Ben Stiller, Josh Gad and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — also took to the internet to remember the Second City alum for the impact he had in the entertainment industry through his lively performances as well as to give Ryan props for sharing a touching tribute.
I love John Candy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles is eternal. https://t.co/2awOwPazJf
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 3, 2019
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 4, 2019
This is incredible. What a wonderful way of remembering and paying tribute to one of the greatest comedic voices of his time. God I miss John Candy. https://t.co/cX2fEP9JfN
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 4, 2019
John Candy made millions of people laugh all over the world, and we still love him for it. What a great tribute to this Canadian legend. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/UDnc6k9TcK
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 4, 2019
You may be gone but you’re clearly not forgotten, John.