It’s a sad day for comics everywhere, as funnyman Greg Giraldo has died from an apparent accidental prescription medicine overdose in New Jersey today, four days after being admitted to a New Jersey hospital. He was 44.
The news was first reported by fellow comic and longtime friend Jim Norton, who tweeted a photo of the two and the message, “RIP Buddy.”
Giraldo, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was a lawyer for a short time before taking the stage as a comedian. His fellow comics are understandably shocked and saddened at the news of his passing.
“Greg Giraldo was a good guy,” tweeted Lucky Louie star Louie C.K. “The kind of you’re always glad to see. Also a funny comic and person. He died today. Goodbye friend. “Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good & kind. A thousand oys can’t express” added Sarah Silverman a bit later.
Giraldo was a fixture (and by far the funniest one) on the Comedy Central Roast circuit, a frequent guest on Howard Stern and a former host of Last Comic Standing.
Giraldo, who was divorced, is survived by three children.