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Weird Al Yankovic's parents passed away last night, apparently caused by carbon monoxide poison.

   Full story is at North County Times. Article was posted on April 10 by ChuckyG

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Junior - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
:( :( :( :( :( :( :(
Mike Steele - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I have long enjoyed Weird Al's work and am sorry to read about his loss.
Jack Wilson - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
:(:(:(:(:(:(:(: Im so sorry for Weird Al's loss, he's a big inspiration to me, and possibly losts of others at this sight
Jack Wilson - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I mean SITE
Tim Hall - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Very sad and sudden. I was on and could not find an email address to send him a condolence.
Joelle - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
How awful.
Rick D - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
I met Al's parents once. You had the feeling that though they were proud of him, they still didn't quite "get it". Put "Poodle Hat" in your computer DVD player, Al included some of his home movies from his childhood. They are touching and funny, and look exactly like the 8mm films my father took when I was a kid.
Mari D - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
Just thinking about my mom, who died exactly 17 years ago... And for both to go at the same time... that sucks big-time! I really feel for Al, who is a major creative influence and a very nice guy (met him after a show).
Junior - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
8033 Sunset Boulevard PBM 4018 Los Angeles, CA 90046 According to WOWAY (Weird Al's fan forum), the above address is where condolences may be sent. You may also post at the forum itself (Bermuda, Weird Al's drummer, is a moderator) at
Jonathan C. - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Tragic news for a funny guy. Hang in there, Al and let God be with you ;(!
Green Bloodied Hound Dogs - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Let Me Tell You, I Met Weird Al Yankovic In 2000, Today Is Easter Sunday, And A Very SAD One For Weird Al.
martha - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
So sorry to hear of this dreadful double tragedy... our thought are with Weird Al at this time
Paul Robinson - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
I was shocked and saddened where I heard about this on the 11:00 o'clock new here last night. I had just finished writing and submitting a parody but a few moments before. I guess every time we do that we pay a sort of tribute to Al for his making parodies a recognized part of our culture.
Forrest Emerine - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
So sad I have to find out on Easter Sunday. I can't believe such horrible news. :( :( :(
Dylan Sevey - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Everyone has basically summed up what I feel. :-(
Agrimorfee - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I am saddened. It's like losing your grandparents. :(
Laurence Dunne - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
I'm saddened too. I have to be the one to say it though. There is something very tragically ironic about Al's parents dying in sucha an unusual manner. If it wasn't tragic it could be parody material.....
ChuckyG - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Weird Al's statement (his site is currently down or very slow):

On April 9, my mom and dad, Nick and Mary Yankovic, passed away in their home in Fallbrook, California. It was the result of a terrible accident that morning they had started a fire in the fireplace with the flue closed, and were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide poisoning. Suzanne called me that afternoon on the bus to give me the news, so that I would hear about it before the wire services picked it up.

Needless to say, I feel pretty much the way you would expect me to feel shocked and devastated beyond words. I loved my parents so much, and this all still seems like a horrible nightmare that I cant wake up from.

I want to thank my family, friends and fans for the incredible outpouring of love and support that theyve shown me. Its wonderful to know that there are so many people around the world who truly loved my parents, and also nice to know that I am not alone in my grief.

I take some small measure of comfort in knowing that they died peacefully, and that they never had to suffer through the pain and loneliness of living without each other. I'm also grateful that they both lived long enough to see me happily married to Suzanne, and particularly happy that they got to meet our beautiful baby daughter Nina. She filled their lives with so much joy this last year. Nina may be too young to remember playing with her grandparents when she gets older, but dont worry, well have some great videotape to show her.
ChuckyG - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Many people have wondered whats going to happen with the tour. I briefly considered canceling some shows, but I ultimately decided that it would be better for me personally to continue working. Plus, Ive heard from so many people over the years that my music has cheered them up in times of tragedy well, I thought maybe my music would help me too.

So far, it has. Going up on stage in front of thousands of supportive fans is a cathartic and somewhat therapeutic experience for me right now. I dont know if I can say that the concerts really take my mind off of the tragedy, but at least they give me a break from sobbing all the time.

Anyway, I have decided not to cancel any shows the tour will continue as planned. However, I have decided to put a moratorium on all interviews and meet-and-greets for the time being I just feel like I need some time alone right now.

The funeral will be a very small, intimate service with only the immediate family attending, so please, I ask that you respect our privacy. Just knowing that your thoughts are with us at this time is more than enough, but if you care to contribute anything, in lieu of flowers, Suzanne and I suggest a donation to the Natural Resources Defense Council in my parents name.

One thing I would like to ask everybody to do, though please, go out and get carbon monoxide detectors for yourself and your loved ones. If my parents had had one in their home, theres a very good chance that they would still be with us today.

In fairness to the memory of my mother, I should point out some errors that appeared in the press. Although she was starting to have a problem with short-term memory loss (she was taking medication for it), my mother was never diagnosed with Alzheimers.

As long as Im pointing out errors that the press has made, it was my Aunt Dot who found my parents when she was bringing them lunch that day, as she routinely did (and not a group of relatives concerned that they hadnt heard from them in a while the family was close and caring and saw each other several times a day). Also, my aunts and uncles all live in separate houses (not together, as some articles implied), and for what its worth, I am not represented by the William Morris Agency either.

I dont know how much else I can say about my parents that I havent already said in interviews over the years. Although I always found it a little uncomfortable, my dad talked a lot about death. He mentioned a few times that he was planning to go on a diet so that his casket would be easier to carry. I guess thats where I got my sick sense of humor from. And he was always talking about how much he was looking forward to seeing his old army buddies again (in the next life). I sure hope theyre having a great reunion right now.

As unthinkable as this tragedy is to me, I just know that my mom and dad were very much at peace with the world and with their lives. And I guess I can take a small amount of comfort in that too.

Thank you all again for your overwhelming kindness and support. It means more to me than you can ever know.

Love, Al
pickle - April 15, 2004 - Report this comment
The Daily Mirror picked up on this story in the UK on Easter Monday. I'm genuinely sorry about Al's loss. At the time I read it, GMTV were going on and on about the Beckhams' marital shenanigans, and you can guess which I thought the bigger tragedy.
Caitlinn - April 21, 2004 - Report this comment
Dear Al, I am really sorry about your parents. I know how you feel. My great-grandma died when I was seven. I hope someday you will feel beter. sorry,Caitlinn
Jordan - May 26, 2004 - Report this comment
I am so sorry, Al. It hurts alot to lose a loved one, especially when the tragedy could have been averted. I feel your pain. IN the meantime, I just loaded 3 albums of yours onto my iPod. I just emailed you too. Condolences, Jordan
Emil - October 22, 2004 - Report this comment
Sad to hear such news especially about wierd al
Tyson W. - January 24, 2005 - Report this comment
So sorry to hear about now, i have been a big fan of Al and i just heard this now thats so sad:(:(:(

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