Comedian Dana Carvey recently announced on Instagram that he is taking a break from work and social media to cope with the loss of his son, Dex, who tragically passed away from an accidental drug overdose. In the heartfelt post, Carvey thanked his supporters who have overwhelmed him and his wife, Paula Zwagerman, with love, personal stories, and compassion during this difficult time. He expressed gratitude for the beautiful messages they have received from those who knew Dex, saying that they have touched them deeply.
As they navigate through their grief, Carvey and Zwagerman are trying to figure out what life looks like now as a family of three, with their younger son, Thomas, still by their side. Despite their profound sorrow, Carvey shared that they will do their best to heal and carry on, as it is what Dex would have wanted.
In a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter), Carvey and Zwagerman celebrated Dex’s life by acknowledging his incredible talent and love for everything he pursued. They described him as extremely talented in music, art, filmmaking, and comedy. Dex was a comedian in his own right and had opened for his father’s 2016 Netflix special, “Straight White Male,” as well as appeared in the 2013 miniseries “The Funster” and the 2015 movie “Joe Dirt 2.”
In a touching display of solidarity, Carvey’s Saturday Night Live family also showed their support. “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost held up a sign at the end of the show that read “We love you, Dana and Paula,” demonstrating the deep connection and bond that extends beyond the stage.
The outpouring of love and support for Carvey and his family is a testament to the impact Dex had on those around him. His infectious love for life made everything fun when you were with him, and his memory will undoubtedly continue to inspire and bring joy to those who knew him.
As Carvey takes this time to grieve and reflect, he and his family are reminded that they are not alone. The love and support of their friends, family, and fans will serve as a source of strength as they navigate through this unimaginable loss. While the road ahead may be filled with challenges, the memories and legacy of Dex will continue to bring light and laughter into their lives.