There have been many deaths in the entertainment industry this year, and this includes some of the best comedians we have ever known. A lot of deaths in the comedy world have occurred to people who died way before their time, and this week we lost another true comedy icon.
According to Entertainment Weekly, insult comedian and Comedy Central fixture Greg Giraldo died at age 44 Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. Giraldo died after being admitted to a hospital for an apparent accidental prescription drug overdose this past weekend.
Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central roasts over the years and had also been a judge on comedy shows. Giraldo suffered for years with alcoholism but was living a life of sobriety before his death. Giraldo is not the first comedian to die before his time and he, unfortunately, will not be the last.
Giraldo is one of many comedians who left us too soon; one notable death was of comedian Chris Farley. According to CNN, Farley was a comedian and actor who passed away in 1997 at the age of 33. Farley died of a similar situation as Giraldo, since it was ruled he died from cardiac arrest due to a drug overdose.
Farley was a very funny man on the hit television show “Saturday Night Live,” and also played in many movies with longtime friend David Spade. Farley is still remembered to this day because so many people looked at him as a funny man with a big heart and huge talent.
John Belushi was also a comedian and actor who was taken from us too soon. Belushi died when he was just 33.
He was an original member of “Saturday Night Live,” which appeared on NBC. According to Bullz Eye, Belushi also died as a result of a drug overdose due to a combination of heroin and cocaine. Belushi was truly a legend in the entertainment business and was taken from us by something that is so avoidable. Belushi created many great movies, such as “Animal House,” and had a very successful career until his untimely death. He is remembered today as one of the leading comedians of all time to many people.
Mitch Hedberg is yet another comedian who died way too young, as a result of a “speedball” of heroin and cocaine. According to MTV News, Hedberg was a stand-up comedian who was known for his unconventional comedic routines. Hedberg was 37 when he died and was an admitted drug user over the years, so his death was sad but not totally surprising.
Hedberg had such an on-stage presence that he had developed a very big following and was always great with the audience. Hedberg was taken away before his time, but he had lived long enough to see the impact his comedy had on the people who loved him. Hedberg died in 2005, but his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of all who are a fan of stand-up comedy.
Given how those three comedians have lived on after death, I suspect that Giraldo will live on in the same manner. Anyone who is a fan of comedy will always remember those who left this world before their time and will always remember the great times. Giraldo will be missed by a lot of people, especially at the Comedy Central roasts, which were his most memorable performances. Giraldo leaves a legacy of someone who tried to beat his addiction to alcohol but ultimately died due to another vice he had. Giraldo will be remembered for being harsh, cruel, insulting and funny at the same time. Everything he said is going to be remembered for being some of the most honest comedy we have ever known.
Kate Ward, “Greg Giraldo: Remembering the Great Insult Comedian”, Entertainment Weekly
CNN Staff, “Chris Farley Autopsy”, CNN
Bullz Eye Staff, “John Belushi”, Bullz Eye
Chris Harris, “Comedian Mitch Hedberg’s Death Due To Drug Overdose”, MTV News