The comedian, Last Comic Standing judge, and former lawyer Greg Giraldo has died today, Sept. 29, 2010, in New Brunswick, NJ, following an accidental drug overdose last weekend. According to FOXNews, Giraldo was found unconscious in his room at the HIlton East last weekend, and was taken to Robert Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Giraldo’s management company, the Collective, announced shortly after that he had accidentally overdosed on prescription medications, and that he was in critical condition. He remained in critical condition for five days. His family was with him as he passed. Greg Giraldo was 44 years old.
The comedian, who was from Queens, New York, was famous for his distinctive delivery, and his ability to “rant” his act without breaking rhythm. Giraldo was a regular guest on the Howard Stern Show, as well as a judge on the hit comedy series Last Comic Standing. He also regularly appeared on Comedy Central celebrity roasts, and had his own Comedy Central series-Friday Night Stand-Up with Greg Giraldo-which ran from 2005 to 2006. Among Giraldo’s other numerous appearances were stints on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Opie and Anthony Show, and two Comedy Central Presents featuring his humor.
A heavy drinker early in his career, Giraldo, who leaves behind three children, confirmed he had stopped drinking in 2005. He would use his experiences with alcohol in several of his acts.
Greg Giraldo is the third great loss in the comedy community just this week. Director and comedy great Arthur Penn-best known for his 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde”-died Tuesday morning at the age of 88. Tony Curtis-best known for his role in the 1959 Marilyn Monroe comedy “Some Like it Hot”-died Wednesday night. Both Curtis and Penn died of heart failure.
There has been an outpouring of grief for Giraldo’s passing. Fellow comedians such as Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt tweeted their love for Giraldo and his work Wednesday night. As of yet, there has been no mention of a replacement for his judge’s seat on the comedy competition Last Comic Standing.
According to Giraldo’s manager and family, a public funeral is being planned, and updates will be posted when available.
Greg Giraldo and his humor will be deeply missed.
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