Dick Gregory, a spearheading power of comedy in the 1960s who parlayed his profession as a phenomenal comic into an existence of social and political activism, has died Saturday of heart failure, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 84.
“It is with tremendous misery that the Gregory family affirms that their dad, comedic legend and social liberties dissident Mr. Dick Gregory withdrew this world today around evening time in Washington, D.C.,” his child Christian Gregory said by means of an announcement from his dad’s rep.
“The family acknowledges the overflowing of help and adore and deferentially requests their security as they lament amid this exceptionally troublesome time.”
“He was one of the sweetest, sharpest, most cherishing individuals one would ever know,” his marketing expert of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR.
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“I simply seek that God is prepared after some ludicrously clever circumstances.”
A full articulation and points of interest of Gregory’s memorial service will be discharged Sunday, said Jaffe.
According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.
The humorist additionally distributed a 1973 book, Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature; established Health Enterprises, which showcased weight reduction items; and presented the Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet Drink Mix. He was determined to have disease in 2001 yet beat it.
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In 2016, Emmy-winning performing artist Joe Morton (Scandal) depicted Gregory in the off-Broadway play Turn Me Loose, created by John Legend.
Survivors incorporate his better half, Lillian, a secretary whom he had met at a club in Chicago. They were hitched in 1959 and had 11 kids (one died during childbirth).