Afterlives of the Rich and Famous

Chris Farley

Actor and comedian Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, one of the five children of Thomas Farley, owner of a paving company, and homemaker Mary Anne Crosby Farley. The family was close-knit Irish Catholic, and Chris received his early education in Catholic schools. He graduated from the Jesuit Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1986 after focusing his studies on theater and communications. His professional comedy career got its start at Madison’s Ark Improv Theater and Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater. But it was at the famed Second City Theater in Chicago, where Lorne Michaels, creator of television’s landmark series Saturday Night Live, discovered Chris Farley and signed him to the cast in 1990.

Chris was one of Saturday Night Live’s most versatile and innovative comedians, creating a variety of characters and performing hilarious impersonations of such celebrities as Dom DeLuise, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Carnie Wilson, and Rush Limbaugh. He was also part of a group that came to be known as the “bad boys of SNL,” which included cast mates David Spade, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Rob Schneider, whose off-stage pranks were often as notorious as their onstage comedy.

Between 1992 and 1995 Chris began making cameo appearances in such films as Wayne’s World, Coneheads, and Billy Madison. When his SNL contract ended after the 199495 season, he devoted all his professional energy to films, costarring with his
SNL cast mate and friend David Spade in the successful comedies Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. His “bankability” was rewarded with a lead role in the equally successful Beverly Hills Ninja in 1997.

Sadly, by now Chris, following in the footsteps of his equally gifted idol John Belushi, was battling severe problems with obesity, drugs, and alcohol. He sought treatment more than a dozen times before attending rehab in 1997, again unsuccessfully. Production of his last film, Almost Heroes, was delayed more than once due to his declining health and progressing addictions, and he was in shockingly tenuous shape during his final Saturday Night Live guest appearance on October 25, 1997.

Chris Farley, at the age of thirty-three, died in his Chicago apartment on December 18, 1997, from a cocaine- and morphine-related heart attack. His funeral in Madison was attended by more than five hundred friends and family members, who gathered to honor his far too brief life.

From Francine

Chris was distraught and disoriented when he returned Home. Not even the large crowd of friends—including John Belushi and a tall, husky man I believe was his maternal grandfather—could comfort him. A spirit cannot fully experience the sacred peace and exhilaration of life on the Other Side when such pervasive hollow depression has separated it from its faith, its cognitive abilities, and its capacity for joy, and Chris’s Spirit Guide immediately took him to the Hall of Wisdom, where he was cocooned.

And then something happened that’s very rare here. Chris emerged from being cocooned, quickly realized that he’d been too eager to resume his life to stay as long as he needed, and was cocooned again, with more intensive therapy this time, particularly from one of his closest friends and advisors at Home, a Sikh guru named Amar Das. By the time his second cocooning ended, Chris was fully healed and had evolved into his thirty-year-old visage: a slender, six-foot-tall man with long, jet black hair, and delicate, almost beautiful features.

It will come as no surprise to everyone on earth who knew Chris well that he is a highly advanced soul, a giving, loving light who is much beloved on the Other Side. He is still a devout Catholic, and he’s resumed teaching his brilliant classes in world religions. He is also a gifted and very popular classical dance teacher and swimming instructor. He and John Belushi love performing rock-and-roll with a variety of other musicians, including Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, with Chris on drums; and Chris’s open-air house on the plains of what corresponds to your North American Midwest is home to any of his world religion students who are in early preparation for new incarnations.

Several hours before Chris’s father’s body died, Chris retrieved his spirit, escorted him through the tunnel, and brought him Home, where he was cocooned as well. Chris and his father, Tom, were brothers in Switzerland in the late 1600s and deeply devoted to each other, and Chris spoke often of how he felt as if, by remaining obese despite the threat it posed to his health, he could somehow make his equally obese father feel less inappropriate. Tom will return to Chris’s house with him when he emerges from the cocooning chamber and resume his work as a film historian.

Chris has no plans to reincarnate, but he does visit his mother and his friend David Spade often.

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