Legendary comedian Gallagher has died at the age of 76
Comedian Gallagher, best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer, has died. He was 76.
Her former longtime manager, Craig Mercardo, confirmed with Fox News Digital that she died surrounded by her loved ones in California.
“The legendary comedian known as Gallagher has died at the age of 76,” he shared in a statement.
“After a brief health battle, Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, succumbed to his illness and died surrounded by his family in Palm Springs, California. He had previously suffered from numerous heart attacks, which he and David Letterman talked about in several appearances. Years ago. “
Gallagher became a household name with him in the 1980s Comedy special “An Uncensored Evening,” directed by Mike Nesmith of “The Monkees” fame. It was the first stand-up comedy special to air on cable television. He went on to do 12 more for Showtime over the next 27 years. Only George Carlin did more.
Gallagher gained fame from a clever bit he performed with a handmade sledgehammer he called the “Sledge-O-Matic”, at the end of which he would sprinkle food on stage and spray it into the audience.
Describing Gallagher’s massive success, Marquardt said, “He was #1 comedian 15 years in America, some of which was due to the popularity of his stand-up specials aired on MTV in the early days, which brought him a whole new audience.”
For decades, Gallagher traveled around America. His rep says he probably holds a record for the most stand-up dates.
Gallagher toured frequently until the coronavirus pandemic hit, after which he spent time visiting his son Barnaby and his daughter Aimee, who had attended special events with him as a child.
“Gallagher was known for his flamboyant style, brilliant wordplay and innovative props. In his later years, he did a long-running Geico commercial, appeared in his first film (‘The Book of Daniel’) and embarked on a farewell tour. Gallagher’s Contrary to what he was, he was an undeniable talent and an American success story,” his former manager concluded in his statement.
In 2003, the comedian ran for governor of California as an independent.
“I did it to get publicity,” said Gallagher during an interview Vallejo Times Herald In 2019.
In his campaign, he promised to sing the national anthem in Spanish and “clear the freeways of Southern California with military helicopters,” according to media outlets.
“I have contempt for both sides,” he added.
After receiving nearly 5,500 votes, Gallagher finished 16th in the state’s gubernatorial recall election.
In 2016, the comedian suffered through several health battles.
Gallagher suffered a heart attack at a bar in Texas before going on stage for a performance in April of that year.
He was immediately admitted to the hospital and doctors put him in a medically induced coma.
Gallagher had previously suffered a minor heart attack after collapsing during a performance in Minnesota.
He is survived by his son Barnaby and daughter Aimee.
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