Vale: Greg Giraldo

Greg Giraldo, a judge on NBC's Last Comic Standing, after being hospitalised following an accidental overdose from prescription pills.

US Comedian Greg Giraldo, a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died following an accidental overdose from prescription pills, reports say. He was 44.

He had been hospitalised since Saturday.

“Greg was one of the most talented comedians of our time,” producers said in a statement. “He was truly brilliant. His work will surely continue to influence and inspire us. We will miss our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Giraldo was also known for regularly appearing on Comedy Central via standup specials and his role on the cabler’s series of celebrity roasts.

Giraldo was also a regular guest on Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He also appeared last season on NBC’s The Marriage Ref and starred in ABC’s short-lived comedy Common Law.

Stars paid tribute to him via Twitter.

“Greg Giraldo was a great and funny man,” wrote Jimmy Kimmel.

“RIP Greg Giraldo. Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good & kind. A thousand oys can’t express,” tweeted comedienne Silverman.

“Honor to be roasted by one of the best- RIP greg giraldo – i was a huge fan,” John Stamos tweeted.

“Greg Giraldo was a fantastic gentleman with a great heart ! And i am deeply saddened by this news!” David Hasselhoff wrote.

“The tragic news of Greg’s passing hits us very, very hard,” Comedy Central said in a statement. “Greg has been a close member of the Comedy Central family for years, injecting his energy and wicked sense of humor into countless projects. The comedy community lost a brother today. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Source: Variety, ETOnline

6 Responses

  1. The old “accidental” overdose of “prescription” pills press statement, eh? You’d think these celebs would be more careful, right?

    Don’t mean to be harsh, especially to Greg – I was a big fan of his from Howard Stern and the Roasts – but how about we educate people on the dangers of drug use and overdoses, instead of sweeping it under the carpet with fake press statements? I’ve just heard that one too many times for it to sound sincere.

  2. I’m not familiar with this comic’s work, but gosh, only 44 years old, way too young to die.

    Could somebody please explain to me how a person can “accidentally” OD on prescription pills? I don’t get that. With all prescribed medicine, the daily dosage is clearly stated on the bottle or pack, so I don’t see how you can accidentally take an excessive amount when it is made clear to you how many you can take in a 24 hour period. If you take a fistful of prescribed meds rather than the recommended dose, you are knowingly doing that, there is nothing “accidental” about it.

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