The Canadian-born actor rose to his highest fame with comedic roles in the 1990s.Leslie Nielsen died Sunday afternoon in a Fort Lauterdale, Fla. hospital, according to

The 84-year-old Canadian actor was named an honorary West Virginian in February 2002 by Gov. Bob Wise. He made many visits to the Mountain State, including a 2004 trip to Marshall University in Huntington.

In 2001, Nielsen visited Charleston to promote a series of educational games from Microsoft. He also appeared in some West Virginia Lottery advertisements.

Nielsen’s best-known roles were in the 1980 film “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” series of movies.