Dex Carvey, the son of comedian and former “SNL” star Dana Carvey, died of an accidental drug overdose on Nov. 15. He was 32.
Dana Carvey confirmed the news in a joint statement with his wife Paula Zwagerman on Instagram.
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“Last night we suffered a terrible tragedy. Our beloved son, Dex, died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 32 years old,” the statement read. “Dex packed a lot into those 32 years. He was extremely talented at so many things — music, art, film making, comedy — and pursued all of them passionately.”
The statement continued: “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. 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.”
In a statement posted to X on Saturday, Dana Carvey expressed his and Zwagerman’s appreciation for those who have reached out to them. He then announced he would be taking a break from work and social media: “We will heal the best we can and carry on. Our darling Dex would have wanted it that way.”
Taking after his father, Dex Carvey was best known for his work in comedy, opening for his father’s 2016 Netflix standup special “Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60.” He also appeared in “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” and the short film “Carpool Pandering,” in addition to the miniseries “Beyond the Comics” and “The Funster.”
Dex Carvey is survived by his parents, brother Thomas Carvey and girlfriend Kaylee Chen.
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