“Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned.”
Dick Gregory has passed away at the age of 84.
The legendary stand-up comedian and civil rights activist died of heart failure on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” Gregory’s son, Christian, said in a statement.
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
The star’s long-time publicist, Steve Jaffe, also spoke out:
“He was the one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know. I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.”
Gregory had been hospitalized earlier in the week for what his son called “a serious but stable medical condition.” Unfortunately, it seems that condition took a turn for the worse.
Gregory made great strides in entertainment for the Black community in the ’60s and beyond.
“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub,” he told The Florida-Times Union in 2016.
“You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was.”
Gregory is survived by his wife, Lillian, and their 10 children.
Rest in peace, legend.