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In this Dec. 9, 1986 file photo, the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," clockwise, from left, Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Victoria Jackson, and Kevin Nealon, pose together, in New York. In this Dec. 9, 1986 file photo, the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," clockwise, from left, Nora Dunn, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Victoria Jackson, and Kevin Nealon, pose together, in New York.
This photo provided by NBC Universal shows Jan Hooks as Verna in season 4 of the television series, "30 Rock." Hooks, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member has died. This photo provided by NBC Universal shows Jan Hooks as Verna in season 4 of the television series, "30 Rock." Hooks, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member has died.

NEW YORK (AP) — During its four decades, "Saturday Night Live" has been populated by nearly 150 cast members. A number of them left the NBC comedy show for even greater stardom. Others faded into obscurity.

A handful have met with premature death, most recently Jan Hooks, a member of the "SNL" troupe from 1986-91 who died Thursday at age 57.

Others have included:

— John Belushi (a cast member from 1975-79), who died of a drug overdose at age 33 in 1982.

— Gilda Radner (a fellow charter member, from 1975-80), who died of cancer at 42 in 1989.

— Danitra Vance (1985-86), who died of cancer at 40 in 1994.

— Michael O'Donoghue (an influential performer and writer in the show's early years), who died of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54 in 1994.

— Chris Farley (1990-95), who died of a drug overdose at 33 in 1997.

— Phil Hartman (1986-94), who was killed by his wife in 1998 at age 49.

— Charles Rocket (1980-81), who committed suicide in 2005 at age 56.

— Tom Davis (a performer-writer in the show's early years), who died of cancer at 59 in 2012.

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