Al Franken's SNL Partner Tom Davis Dead At 59

Tom Davis

FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, comedian Tom Davis reminisces with old friend and fan Mary Duffy while signing books in Minneapolis. Davis, a writer and performer who with Al Franken developed some of the most popular skits in the early years of �Saturday Night Live," died Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was 59. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) -- A writer who with Al Franken helped develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of "Saturday Night Live" has died in New York. Tom Davis was 59.

His wife, Mimi Raleigh, says he died of throat and neck cancer Thursday at his home in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City. He was diagnosed in 2009.

Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press that year that in the offbeat comedic duo of Franken and Davis he was the quiet guy, overshadowed by his flashier partner.

Some of their most memorable work included the "Coneheads" skit with Dan Aykroyd and the "Nick the Lounge Singer" skit starring Bill Murray

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