Dick Gregory, US Comic Who Fought for Civil Rights, Dies at 84

Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 85

Christian Gregory took to Facebook on Thursday (August 17) to share the awful news with his father's fans, but assured them that he is making a speedy recovery.

Gregory's passing was announced on social media by his son Christian, who released a statement saying: "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love, and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very hard time".

The legendary stand-up comedian and civil rights activist died of heart failure on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Was very famous for performing in front of a white audience as an African-American comedian. "I've watched my father for a lifetime heal the world", Christian Gregory wrote on Facebook, thanking everyone for their prayers. Hugh Hefner caught one of these shows, and noting the crowd's enthusiastic response and Gregory's clever material, booked him to appear at the Playboy Club in Chicago.

Roy Wood Jr-:"They ask me why I travel so much & I tell em, the fight 4 justice is out there, it aint at my house"-Dick Gregory". More details will be released over the next few days". He also ran for mayor of Chicago in 1967, and launched a presidential bid in 1968 (he ran as a write-in candidate from the Freedom and Peace Party).

Taking his activism overseas in 1980, Gregory spent more than four months in Tehran, where he met Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini and fasted in a bid to have 52 hostages released from the U.S. Embassy, which had been seized by supporters of Iran's 1979 revolution. They had 11 children-including one who died at birth. A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed has definitely taken its toll.

Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the mid 1950s.



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