Greg Giraldo’s death came after a surprising overdose. But the death of Giraldo wasn’t a case of an intentional overdose, as suicide was ruled out days ago. Reportedly, the comic took too many prescription pills, which caused him to be hospitalized last weekend. Since then, he had been fighting for his life, and ultimately lost the battle yesterday. The Giraldo has already been honored by The Daily Show, with the rest of the stand-up world in mourning as well.
The 44-year-old comic found a niche in stand-up comedy and celebrity roasts. He appeared in all of Comedy Central’s celebrity roast specials, including the most recent one for David Hasselhoff weeks ago. In fact, Gilbert Gottfried even joked on Twitter that if he was cremated, it could be called the “Greg Giraldo roast.”
The news of Giraldo’s death was ultimately inevitable after his accidental overdose days earlier. However, his family did not release the exact cause of death, or what further complications might have occurred.
Although he died from prescription drugs, his biggest vice was alcoholism, which he frequently joked about in his act. However, he had gotten sober in recent years, which makes his death all the more surprising.
Despite not being a household name, Giraldo had a substantial following for his appearances on roasts, Howard Stern, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. He had even begun to appear on prime time as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and a guest panelist on The Marriage Ref.
But stories and memories of Giraldo are undoubtedly being led by his Comedy Central roast routines. The roasts of Hasselhoff, Chevy Chase, Larry the Cable Guy, William Shatner and many more all had Giraldo as a constant, as he used his rants and insult-comedy humor against the former A-listers.
His lack of notoriety, compared to his fellow roasters, became a running joke in and of itself. Yet after the announcement came, a lot of people came on Twitter and Facebook to mourn him, and watch videos of his act on YouTube.
Comedy Central was quick to pay tribute, as news of Giraldo’s demise came not long before taping for The Daily Show. Friend and fellow comic Jon Stewart dedicated his “Moment Of Zen” to him, replaying one of his rants about crazy religious beliefs.
Greg Giraldo reportedly had his family by his side at the time of his death, and plans for a public memorial service are under way.
New York Times- “Greg Giraldo, Insult-Humor Comedian, Dies”
The Daily Show- “Moment of Zen – Our Moment of Greg Giraldo”
TMZ- “Greg Giraldo Is Dead”
Howard Stern Examiner- “Gilbert Gottfried makes first joke about Greg Giraldo’s death”