After a battle with an undisclosed illness, famous comedian, activist, and entrepreneur Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory has passed away at the age of 84. His son, Christian Gregory confirmed the news on social media on Saturday night.
Gregory initially became famous in the 60’s when his comedy mocking bigotry and racism became renowned, crossing over to even white audiences. Becoming known in Chicago, his career moved to new heights when he met Hugh Hefner who gave him a spot at the Playboy Club in Chicago. He went on to be one of the most well-known comedians, respected and applauded by many.
Along with his comedic career, Gregory was an active civil rights activist. He was a big part of the Civil Rights Movement, going on several hunger strikes, demonstrations, and sit-ins. He also ran for several political positions including mayor and president, while failing he earned more eyes on him and his beliefs. He made enemies of some presidents like Nixon and favorites to others like Bill Clinton. He truly lived a worthwhile life.
He’s succeeded by his 10 kids and wife. Rest in Peace Dick Gregory.
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, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days – Christian Gregory