It is with heavy hearts that we report, civil rights activist, author, and comedian Dick Gregory has died at age 84. Mr. Gregory passed away in Washington D.C. on Saturday, August 19 after suffering from an aneurysm.
Below is a post from Gregory’s Instagram page written by his son, Christian Gregory, confirming the death.
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
Mr. Gregory rose to prominence in the 1960’s taking on racism in America through comedic satire, working his way to becoming one of the few African-American comedians to breakthrough and perform in front of white audiences.
— Khari's Uncle Dre (@DreSpencer84) August 20, 2017
— LeSean Thomas (@LeSeanThomas) August 20, 2017
Mr. Gregory’s comedy career went hand in hand with his civil rights activism. He was a regular at rallies, marches, and was arrested multiple times during the Civil Rights Movement. He even ran for president in 1968, earning close to 50,000 write-in votes.
— Curtis C. Greene (@warriorsong777) August 20, 2017
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— Billy Michael Honor (@criticalcleric) August 20, 2017
As a trailblazer, Mr. Gregory not only opened doors for other comedians, he shined a light on the dark realities of the Black experience and other serious affairs. His monumental legacy will impact generations to come.
— Ron Murray Jr. (@flippdaburd) August 20, 2017