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G. McConway
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November 12, 2022

Legendary Comedian Gallagher Dead at 76

One of the biggest names in comedy from our generation is no longer with us.

Gallagher, who made his claim to fame by smashing food on stage toward the end of his set, is dead.

He was 76 years old.

The Legend is Gone

Gallagher was funny, but it was the smashing of watermelons, among other foods, that brought him his claim to fame.

Toward the end of his act, he would bring out a ridiculously large sledgehammer and go to work.

It was considered a right of passage for fans that managed to get front-row seats to go home with chucks of watermelon in their hair.

Former manager Craig Marquardo confirmed Gallagher's death.

He stated, "After a short health battle, Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, succumbed to his ailments and passed away surrounded by his family in Palm Springs, California.

"He had previously suffered numerous heart attacks, something he and David Letterman talked about on an appearance a few years back."

All today's comedians that make millions for their TV specials have Gallagher to thank.

He did the first comedy special in 1980 called "An Uncensored Evening."

Over the remainder of his career, Gallagher would do 27 specials, with only George Garlin boasting more.

Marquardo stated, "He was the #1 comedian in America for 15 years, with some of that due to the popularity of his stand-up specials airing on MTV in its early days, bringing him an entirely new audience."

While unofficial, Gallagher is touted as the top-ranked comedian for stand-up dates.

Up until COVID hit, he spent virtually his entire adult life on the road.

Marquardo concluded, "Gallagher was known for his edgy style, brilliant wordplay and inventive props. In his later years, he did a long-running Geico commercial, appeared in his first movie ('The Book of Daniel'), and launched a farewell tour.

"While Gallagher had his detractors, he was an undeniable talent and an American success story."

Rest in peace, sir… you were a true legend of the genre.

Source: Fox News

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