Greg Giraldo, a Comedy Central veteran and judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, died Wednesday after accidentally overdosing on prescription medication. He was 44.
The news, which came four days after he was hospitalized for the overdose, sent Twitter abuzz with words of sympathy from his fellow comedians.
“Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good & kind,” Sarah Silverman said on her Twitter. “A thousand oys can’t express.”
Comedian Jim Norton also expressed his condolences, Tweeting “RIP buddy” alongside a picture of the two guys.
Giraldo graduated from Harvard Law School, but ditched his job as a lawyer to show off his comedic chops. He was a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show and Comedy Central’s Roasts.
“Have you ever not been drunk?” he joked during a recent David Hasselhoff roast. “You used to have a car that started when you talked to it. Now you have a car that won’t start when you blow into it.”
Despite his penchant for insult-style humor, the comedian had a darker problem: He struggled with alcohol addiction, which he discussed on the Stern show in September 2005 when he revealed he had been sober – except for one set-back – for five months.
Comedy Central, his TV stomping grounds, released a statement Wednesday emphasizing his contribution to the industry: “The tragic news of Greg’s passing hits us very, very hard,” the statement read. “The comedy community lost a brother today. Our thoughts are with his family.”