Longtime comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has passed away at the age of 84 on Saturday night. His son Christian Gregory confirmed the news of his father’s passing on his father’s Instagram account.
“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 post reads. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His publicist of 50 years Steve Jaffe says that Gregory was surrounded by members of his family, including his wife of 58 years, Lillian, when he died Saturday in Washington’s Sibley Memorial Hospital. Gregory was admitted a week ago for symptoms of heart failure
Gregory was one of the first black comedians to enjoy mainstream success with white audiences in the 1960s.