Today, the world of comedy has lost one of its best performers, Greg Giraldo has passed away. Giraldo is best known for his hilarious performances on various Comedy Central Roasts, appearances on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and as a judge on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing.

Originally employed as a lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (after graduating Columbia University and Harvard Law), Giraldo quickly found comedy to be his true calling, leaving his job after less than a year to pursue comedy full time. His quick wit, distinct cadence, and unique perspective led to a quick rise in the comedy world – becoming one of the industry’s best.

Last weekend, rumors began to spread across the internet, and through comedy’s close knit circle, that something had happened to Giraldo. The comedian was a no-show for Saturday night’s headline performance at The Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ.

After a number of incorrect reports, it was eventually revealed that Giraldo had accidentally overdosed on prescription medication and was later found by a friend. Giraldo was rushed to a nearby hospital in New Brunswick, where he was placed in the ICU, and was in critical condition.

Today, four days after the incident, Giraldo passed away with his family by his side.

Close friends Jim Norton, Sarah Silverman, and Louis C.K. have already taken to Twitter to remember the late, great comedian:

  • @ JimNorton – Greg Giraldo passed away today. This is the last photo of us together, taken June 28 at Noam’s wedding. RIP buddy. http://yfrog.com/497tqrj
  • @ SarahKSilverman – RIP Greg Giraldo. Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good & kind. A thousand oys can’t express.
  • @ louisck – Greg giraldo was a good guy. The kind of you’re always glad to see. Also a funny comic and person. He died today. Goodbye friend.

Greg Giraldo was 44 at the time of his passing.

Source: TMZ, Twitter

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