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John Belushi’s widow and actress was 73 years old

Judy Belushi-Pisano, widow of John Belushi and former actress and producer, has died at the age of 73.

The news of Belushi-Pisano’s death was reported by The times of MVwhich covers Martha’s Vineyard, where he spent much of his later years. He died after a long battle with cancer, the publication noted. Belushi’s official social media accounts also shared the news on Instagram and Facebook.

“Today, our hearts are heavy as we say goodbye to our sweet Judy,” the posts began. “Her unwavering dedication and creative genius along with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi gave birth to The Blues Brothersa timeless testament to the power of music and laughter.”

Belushi-Pisano was married to Belushi from 1973 until 1982, when he died of an overdose. She remarried in 1990 to Victor Pisano before filing for divorce in 2010.

“In the years following John’s passing in 1982, Judy honored his life and upheld his legacy and Blues Brothers “Judy is a brand,” Belushi’s social media post continued. “As we say goodbye, we pledge to continue her work, ensuring that the legacy of John and the Blues Brothers never fades. There was no one like her. Judy made everyone feel loved. She was non-judgmental, light, funny and pure. You could truly be yourself around her, that alone was a gift. The Belushi and Pisano families will carry her love in their hearts forever.”

She worked alongside her first husband and ex Saturday Night Live star as an actress in The Blues Brothers and National Lampoon’s Animal HouseShe had roles in Nothing lasts forever and From here it’s all downhill.and worked as a producer in The best of John Belushi and John Belushi: Dancing on the EdgeAccording to IMDb, he was also working on a Blues Brothers T.V. series.

Belushi-Pisano and Belushi first came to Martha’s Vineyard in 1974 after a musician friend from Boston recommended it, according to MV timesAt the time, they were living in New York City, where she was working as a radio producer and he was just beginning to find his success in comedy.

The publication also noted that she was an active arts activist on the island. She held a fundraiser for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services with a screening of John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge and another for Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse with a show by Daniel Aykroyd.

Belushi-Pisano is survived by his children and grandchildren.