Dana Carvey takes a break from public life after the death of her son

Dana Carvey will step away from work and social media following the death of her eldest son, Dex Carvey.

“I’ll be taking a break from work and social media, trying to figure out what life is like now that we’re a family of three,” Carvey wrote on a declaration he shared on Saturday on his social media accounts. “We will heal as best we can and move on. Our dear Dex would have wanted it that way.”

Last week, the comedian and his wife, Paula Zwagerman, announced that Dex Carvey had died of an accidental overdose at age 32. They also have another son together, Thomas Carvey.

Carvey and her children recently collaborated on projects including Team Coco’s podcast series “The Weird Place.”

Elsewhere, Dana Carvey hosts her podcast “Fly on the Wall” with fellow comedian David Spade, in which they interview high-profile artists such as Seth Myers, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Amy Poehler. The most recent episode of it was released last Wednesday. The “Saturday Night Live” and “Wayne’s World” actor also starred in the Netflix animated comedy series “Mulligan,” which began airing its first season in May.

Following Dex Carvey’s death, figures from across Hollywood, including current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer, sent messages of support through Dana Carvey’s social media accounts. And during the closing credits of this week’s episode of “SNL,” cast member and “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost held a sign with a message written in capital letters: “We love you Dana and Paula.”

“This is just to say thank you,” Carvey continued in his statement Saturday. “My wife and I were overwhelmed by her love, her personal stories, her compassion. We received so many beautiful messages from people who knew Dex. “This moved us more than we could ever put into words.”

The creator of “The Dana Carvey Show” posted a series of photos of Dex, including one showing father and son working together. “What a joy,” he captioned the image. Another showed his son smiling, with the caption: “Fuck the tabloids. This is my boy.”

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