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Dana Carvey and Wife Paula Pay Tribute to Their Son Following His Death at 32

Dana Carvey and Wife Paula Pay Tribute to Their Son Following His Death at 32

Saturday Night Live legend Dana Carvey has reached out to others battling addiction following the death of his son, Dex. The comedian and actor took to social media last night after reports of his son’s passing.

“Last night we suffered a terrible tragedy,” Carvey posted on Twitter with his wife Paula Zwagerman. “Our beloved son, Dex, died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 32 years old. Dex packed a lot into those 32 years. He was extremely talented at so many things–music, art, filmmaking; comedy–and pursued all of them passionately.”

The Carveys added, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Dex loved life. And when you were with him, you loved life too. He made everything fun. But most of all, he loved his family; his friends and his girlfriend, Kaylee.”

After His Son’s Passing, Dana Carvey’s Thoughts Turned to Others Battling Addiction

Even in their time of grief, the Harvey’s reached out to others struggling with addiction. “Dex was a beautiful person. His handmade birthday cards are a treasure. We will miss him forever. To anyone struggling with addiction or who loves someone struggling with addiction, you are in our hearts and prayers.”

TMZ reported that on Wednesday, Dex was found unresponsive, confined to a bathroom in his Los Angeles home. His girlfriend’s call alerted the first responders.

Dex followed his father’s path and became a stand-up comedian. He even had the opportunity to open the SNL star’s 2016 Netflix special, Straight White Male. Dex also appeared in the 2015 film Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser and the 2013 series The Funster, alongside his father. Carvey and Zwagerman, who got married in 1983, are proud parents to their 30-year-old son, Thomas Carvey. Thomas is also stepping into the world of comedy.

Carvey also shared a happy memory with his son on social media. Yesterday, the Wayne’s World actor shared an image of himself with Dex on Twitter. The pair are shown laughing together as Dex looks over Dana’s shoulder at an iPad. “Dex and me working together,” Carvey wrote alongside the snapshot. “What a joy.”