Dick Gregory, Famed Comedian and Activist, Has Passed Away

Dick Gregory, Famed Comedian and Activist, Has Passed Away

Dick Gregory, Famed Comedian and Activist, Has Passed Away

The family of legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory announced Saturday night that he had passed away.

Gregory, according to his son, Christian, had been taken to the hospital on August 9, where he was treated and released.

Dick Gregory was hospitalized is serious condition since August 12.

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"A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed, has definitively taken its toll", Christian Gregory wrote of his father after he was hospitalized Thursday.

"Dick Gregory, 84, comedian, activist, author, lecturer and world famous teacher, died tonight surrounded by the members of his family of heart failure", his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 84 years old. There is no such thing as a "simple" condition. At soon to be chronologically 85, my father's true age far exceeds that.

Our thoughts our with Dick's family and loved ones during this time.

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Various celebrities and prominent figures flocked to social media to send their condolences. And then one day Professor Irwin Corey decided that he wasn't going to work seven days, and they brought me in [as a replacement at the Playboy Club] because Hefner saw me. He was also noted throughout the '60s and '70s for his role in the Civil Rights Movement, public support of the Equal Rights Amendment, activism against the Vietnam War, and unsuccessful write-in 1968 presidential candidacy.

The death of the comic giant even prompted Bill Cosby to issue a rare public statement. "Dick Gregory lived an fantastic, revolutionary life". A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice.

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