Gallagher Died: According to his manager, Craig Marquardo, the comedian Gallagher, best known for his watermelon-smashing comic routine and several hit specials in the 1980s, passed away on Friday morning. He was 76.
Gallagher Died At 76!
In a statement to CNN, Marquardo said that the comedian “went away accompanied by his family in Palm Springs, California” “after a short health fight.”
According to an obituary given by Marquardo, Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, became famous after airing the first comedy stand-up special on cable television, “An Uncensored Evening,” in the early 1980s.
One of Gallagher’s most recognizable bits was a homemade sledgehammer he called the “Sledge-O-Matic,” which he used to shatter food on stage and shower the audience. “He also loved to take credit for physically engaging the audience in this way,” the obituary read.
According to his biography on the Selak Entertainment website, Gallagher is from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in chemical engineering to develop his comedy act at the legendary Sunset Strip venue The Comedy Store.
In 1975, he first gained widespread attention when he appeared on Johnny Carson’s legendary “The Tonight Show” to perform his brand of prop comedy.
He had success on television, making guest appearances on both “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1978 and “The Merv Griffin Show” the following year.
More than a dozen of his comedy specials aired on Showtime over the course of 27 years, beginning in the 1980s and cementing his place in mainstream culture forever.
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He was also a fixture on MTV and Comedy Central from their infancy.
Although many of his contemporaries “went on to make sitcoms, host talk shows, and act in movies,” Gallagher “stayed on the road touring America for decades,” according to his obituary. According to his best estimation, he had set an all-time record for the number of stand-up dates that had ended due to attrition.
Until the Covid-19 outbreak, Gallagher was constantly on the road, but he took advantage of the time off to visit with his son Barnaby and daughter Aimee (who had previously been on his specials when she was younger).
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How Did He Die?
The revelation was confirmed to TMZ by Gallagher‘s longtime manager, who added that he passed away on November 11 due to catastrophic organ failure while he was receiving hospice care in Palm Springs. This information was provided.
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