It’s been over 20 years since Chris Farley died, however Tom Arnold nonetheless thinks of his shut pal typically.
The “True Lies” star, 62, revealed during an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday that he was as soon as the “Saturday Night Live” alum’s sober sponsor — on the suggestion of the NBC present’s creator, Lorne Michaels.
“I was his sponsor for a few years,” Arnold mentioned on Stern’s SiriusXM present. “Chris was from Wisconsin. I am from Iowa. … [We were] very close. He liked to have fun — and he had too much fun. I was very sad when he died.”
The “Roseanne” alum remembered Farley was on his technique to a seventeenth keep in rehab earlier than the comic fatally overdosed in 1997.
“It’s all so frustrating because, at a certain point, he was like, ‘I’m not going to be around Tom because I don’t want him to see,’” Arnold recalled, including that he had warned Farley that he couldn’t be each overweight and abuse medicine.
For a lot of his grownup life, the “Beverly Hills Ninja” star struggled with weight and substance abuse points. On December 18, 1997, he was found dead by his brother John in his residence in Chicago. He was 33.
An post-mortem revealed that Farley died of an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Advanced atherosclerosis additionally performed a “significant contributing factor.”
Arnold, in fact, has fond reminiscences of his buddy too. During Wednesday’s interview, he reminisced on the time Farley threw him a bachelor occasion earlier than his marriage to Julie Lynn Champnella in 1995. Their group was thrown out of a strip membership as a result of Farley, who was Arnold’s finest man, stripped completely bare and went onstage.
“He was naked a lot,” Arnold added. “There’s no shame in his game.”