Friends remember comedian Greg Giraldo
The world of stand-up comedy weeps for one of its own after Greg Giraldo, who was hospitalized over the weekend for a prescription drug overdose, died Wednesday at 44 at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., the AP reports.
"The comedy world lost a good man and a great comic," Jon Stewart said at the end of Wednesday's The Daily Show, sharing a Moment of Greg instead of his usual Moment of Zen. "When you were working the clubs, he was just one of those guys that you loved to run into, because he was always a font of warmth and good humor and just smart-as-hell comedy."
Giraldo's comedian pals weighed in with Jim Norton writing "RIP, buddy" on Twitter. Jim Gaffigan wrote "Dear Addiction, F--- you. Goodbye Greg. I love you." Aziz Ansari called Giraldo "one of the most respected comic I can think of" and said "The world has lost a hysterical man." Joan Rivers noted she was very fond of him and that she was very angry, saying "What a waste of comedic talent."
Patton Oswalt added on Twitter, "If there's a heaven then Einstein, Asimov, Voltaire and Anne Frank are getting the s--- roasted out of 'em tonight."
Giraldo was divorced with three children.
[Photo: Giraldo in 2005. Getty Images]