Canadian actress Candy Palmater has died aged 53, her partner and manager confirmed to CBC News on Saturday.
Denise Tompkins said Palmater passed away peacefully at his home in Toronto and a virtual public service will be held in the near future for fans and friends.
The cause of death was not immediately known. According to social media posts, she had been ill for several weeks and was recently released from the hospital.
Palmater, a member of the Mi’kmaw Nation in New Brunswick, was known for her daring feminist humor and presented her own radio and television shows.
She created and hosted the award-winning show The candy show on APTN, was a regular co-host of the CTV Afternoon Talk Show The social and performed in various shows including Boys in the trailer park.
Message from Denise.
I have a few words. Candy passed away suddenly today at home.
I will post information soon.
Today, our whole team is mourning the sudden death of our good friend Candy Palmater, who has always left us with a little bigger smile, a little louder laughter and a little more critical reflection on the world around us. Today we think of his loved ones. She will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/5IRDZwFLet
Palmater was also a frequent CBC personality, most notably as a host. The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio One, narrating the CBC-TV series Calling the True North and being a panelist for CBC Canada Reads in 2017.
“Candy was an incredible talent, but also a really special person,” said CBC News Executive Director Susan Marjetti. “It is such a loss. Another light has gone out in the world today.”
Palmater once described herself as “a gay, aboriginal, revived lawyer turned comic feminist who was raised by bikers in the wilderness of northern New Brunswick.”
She lived in Halifax for almost three decades, studying law, working as a lawyer and for the government of Nova Scotia.
Most recently, Palmater had just finished writing an autobiography which is expected to be published in the New Year.