It was an ominous Friday night when Sam Kinison was killed by a drunk driver on the highway near Needles, California.
The comedian was on his way to a sold out show in Laughlin, Nevada with his wife Malika. He had been sober for two months and was getting ready to re-start his career after a rough past.
He was the kind of guy who could put a smile on your face with just his voice alone. A former tent preacher turned loud and bawdy stand-up comic, he was known for his Pentecostal preacher scream and for roles in movies like Caddyshack and Back to School.
His career came to a tragic end when he was struck by a pickup truck on April 10 1992. Having recently returned from his honeymoon, Kinison was on his way to perform in a sold out show at the Laughlin Civic Center when he died.
A drunk driving 17 year old boy named Troy Pierson caused the accident, and was sentenced to one year probation and 300 hours of community service. The driver of the other vehicle was not charged in connection with the crash and remains at large.
According to prosecutors, the pickup truck was traveling west on US 95 when it struck Kinison’s car head-on. The teen-agers were in the cab of the pick-up with beer cans, which were filled as they drove along the desert highway. They were swerving into oncoming traffic when they hit Kinison’s car.
When the teen-agers hit Kinison’s car, they said: “God! Look at our truck!”
It was a tragedy for the family and friends of sam kinison cause of death. They lost a great talent, a man who was loved by many and made the world a happier place with his comedy.
They also lost a husband and a father who was not only an amazing comedian, but a good person. He left behind his wife, a daughter and a son.
He was a true icon and his legacy will be remembered by many for generations to come.
His voice, a combination of Pentecostal and scream, was able to elicit an emotional response from his audience. He was able to leave an impact on those who saw him live and on those who watched him on television.
In addition to his stand-up act, he was also a musician. His cover version of the Troggs song “Wild Thing” was a huge hit in 1988 and it was played frequently on MTV.
Aside from his stand-up shows, he also appeared on television and radio. His comedy influenced many other comedians and changed the way people look at stand-up comedy.
He was also a philanthropist who donated to countless causes including his favorite charities, the Salvation Army and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He was an important part of the comedy scene and his work will forever be a part of the history of comedy.
His death was a devastating loss to his family and his friends and will be missed by millions of fans. He will be remembered for his loud, bellowing stage persona that was loved by many and he was an incredible talent.