rip-greg-giraldo-diedWe are having sad news recently, after Romina Yan died yesterday, and now we learn that Greg Giraldo died too.

Greg Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, insult comic and former lawyer.

Giraldo was born The Bronx and was raised in Queens. He attended Regis High School. He is the oldest son of immigrant parents from Colombia (father) and Spain (mother), and was raised Roman Catholic. From early on, he excelled academically and was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation’s international summer scholarship program. Giraldo attended Columbia University.

Before becoming a comedian, Giraldo worked as a lawyer, having graduated from Harvard Law School. Giraldo spent less than a year as an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before deciding to change his occupation. Despite his prior career, Giraldo rejected that persona and very rarely discussed his days as a lawyer.

Comedian Greg Giraldo died, — He was well-known for his work on such programs as Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, several Comedy Central roasts, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing  — and today he has passed away. Both Comedy Central and NBC confirmed the Greg Giraldo died Wednesday in a New Brunswick, N.J., hospital, just days after being hospitalized, reportedly for a prescription pill overdose.

This afternoon, Comedy Central released the following statement: “The tragic news of Greg’s passing hits us very, very hard. Greg has been a close member of the Comedy Central family for years, injecting his energy and wicked sense of humor into countless projects. The comedy community lost a brother today. Our thoughts are with his family.” Giraldo appeared as a judge during the seventh season of Last Comic Standing, and this afternoon, the producers of that program also released a statement: “Greg was one of the most talented comedians of our time. He was truly brilliant. His work will surely continue to influence and inspire us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Laughing will take a day off. Greg Giraldo will be remembered for the good times he made us have. But now it feels sad.

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