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Original SNL Writer Tom Davis Has Died

NEW YORK - MARCH 03:  Writer Tom Davis attends his "Thirty-Nine Years of Short Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There" book release party at Comix on March 3, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tom Davis

Davis, one of the first writers hired at Saturday Night Live (along with his writing and sometimes performing partner Al Franken), was one of the minds behind classic sketches like "Coneheads" and Dan Aykroyd's Julia Child impersonation. (He also co-wrote Coneheads, the movie.) Davis died of throat and neck cancer, according to his wife, Mimi Raleigh. He was 59.

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images