Tom and Dick Smothers

Marcy Carriker’s Husband Tom Smothers cause of Death

Who is Marcy Carriker?

Marcy Carriker Smothers is well-known as the wife of the late comedian Tom Smothers. She is credited as a Casting director, producer, and casting department in several movies and TV shows. She is also an author who has written Delicious Disney: Recipes and Stories from the Most Magical Place on Earth, Eat Like Walt, and Walt’s Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney.

Marcy Carriker and Tom Smothers

Mercy and Tom Smothers got married in 1990. They have two children Bo (born 1991) and Riley Rose (born 1996).

Who was Tom Smothers?

Tommy Smothers was an American comedian, composer, and musician. He is best known for being one half of the musical comedy duo, the Smothers Brothers, along with his younger brother Dick. In 1969, Smothers played acoustic guitar alongside John Lennon during the recording of Lennon’s song “Give Peace a Chance”.

Tom was born on February 2, 1937, in New York City, New York to his parents Ruth and  Thomas B. Smothers who was a major in the army. He studied at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, and later went to San José State University.

Tom was raised alongside his brother Dick and sister Sherry Smother. Tom and his brother initially began as folk singers but later discovered their talent in comedy. After breaking into TV with their music, their “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” became a hit.

Tom with the bumbling guitar while Dick with the bass guitar improvised skits and political satire with a mix of music in their acts made them become popular and on-demand in the 1960s.

In 1967, Tom Smothers negotiated creative control over their upcoming CBS variety show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The documentary “Smothered” depicts how the brothers, especially Tom, battled against CBS censors to include references to religion, drugs, sex, and the Vietnam War in their show.


Smothers is widely quoted as saying: “The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.” The brothers’ oppositional politics led to their show’s demise, with David Steinberg later claiming “The most innovative variety show on television shut down because of political pressure”.

During the same years, Tom wrote and recorded mainstream songs, such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” Tom has since stated, “When the Smothers Brothers came on the air we had no political point of view or social consciousness, it just evolved as the show was on the air

What was Tom Smothers’s Cause of Death?

In 2023, the comedian announced that he was diagnosed with stage two lung cancer. He unfortunately died from cancer at the age of 86. He was at his home in Santa Rosa, California surrounded by his close family members.

Tom Smothers

His brother Dick released a statement saying;

“Tom was not only the loving older brother that everyone would want in their life, he was a one-of-a-kind creative partner. I am forever grateful to have spent a lifetime together with him, on and off stage, for over 60 years. Our relationship was like a good marriage – the longer we were together, the more we loved and respected one another. We were truly blessed.”

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