Movie Actress In The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon’s Animal House Dies

( – Actor and comedian John Belushi died when he was just 33 years old. He left behind a grieving widow who spent the rest of her life preserving his memory. Now, she has passed away as well.

Judy Belushi Pisano passed away on July 5 at 73 years old. The former actress and producer passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1951 and met Belushi at Wheaton High School. The two began dating in school and married in 1976. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and later starred in “Animal House” with Belushi.

Belushi’s official Facebook account also announced her death. The announcement stated that it was Judy’s “unwavering dedication and creative genius alongside” Belushi and Dan Aykroyd that led to the creation of the classic film “The Blues Brothers” in 1980.

In 1982, Belushi died from a drug overdose in Los Angeles. Judy kept his memory alive by writing the memoir “Samurai Widow” and co-writing “Belushi.” She also organized Joliet’s 2021 Blues Brothers Con. The statement on Belushi’s Facebook page credited Judy with honoring his life and championing “his legacy and Blues Brothers brand.” It went on to say, “There was no one like her,” she “made everyone feel loved” and she was “nonjudgmental, light, funny and pure.”

In 1990, Judy married Victor Pisano. The couple had four children together. She filed for divorce from him in 2010. Ten years later, she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She went into hospice care in 2023 and fought until the end. Luke Pisano, her son, said that she passed away surrounded by her family. He told the MV Times that his family was “going to miss her company terribly” and said she was “a great mother, beloved sister, [and] a special person.”

Judy is survived by her kids Luke, Rebecca, Vanessa, and Jessica. She had six grandchildren and is also survived by her siblings, Robert Jacklin, Patricia Brewster, and Pamela Jacklin.

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