John Elroy Sanford, better known as Redd Foxx, died of a heart attack at the age of 68. On October 11, 1991, he collapsed during a rehearsal with co-star Della Reese for the sitcom "The Royal Family." He died later at a Los Angeles hospital.
Born into poverty in 1922, John Elroy Sanford quickly discovered he didn't like school and set out on his own at age 13. He worked a number of odd jobs, from playing with a band to washing dishes, honing his sense of humor along the way. His ruddy complexion earned him the nickname Red. Borrowing the last name of baseball player Jimmie Foxx, he used Redd Foxx as his stage name. By 1991, Redd Foxx was well-known for his sitcom "Sanford and Son," his party records and his stand-up routines in Las Vegas shows.