Gallagher, a comedian, died at the age of 76. The prop comedian, who was famous for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer, died on Friday, November 11, at his home in Palm Springs, California, in the presence of his family.
Gallagher’s manager confirmed his death, saying the comedian died of multiple organ failure. He had been sick for a long time and had previously suffered several heart attacks. Gallagher has appeared in a number of HBO and Showtime comedy specials throughout his career.
Gallagher died at the age of 76
Gallagher’s representative issued a statement confirming his passing: “The legendary comedian known as Gallagher has passed away at the age of 76. Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, passed away in Palm Springs, California, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with his health.
During an appearance a few years ago, he and David Letterman discussed the fact that he had suffered multiple heart attacks in the past. Gallagher remained on the road for decades, touring the United States. “He was fairly certain he held the record for the most stand-up dates due to natural attrition.
“Despite his critics, Gallagher was an undeniable talent and an American success story,” he added. In recent years, the comedian, whose full name was Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr., had endured multiple health scares. In 2011, while performing in Minnesota, he unexpectedly collapsed. The following year, he suffered a heart attack mere minutes before a performance in Texas.
The Favorite Comedian in Fan’s Memories
Fans immediately began paying tribute to the late comedian and thanking him for making them smile after learning of Gallagher’s passing as soon as the news of his passing spread. “Early #Gallagher made me laugh and think.
Let’s take pic at Whiskey Roadhouse Rockford Ill Monday St. Patrick’s Day & we’ll go viral. pic.twitter.com/LlBG9dptAJ
— Gallagher Comedian (@Galagrrr) March 11, 2020
There was no one like him back then—part professor, part caveman. #RIPgallagher” penned a follower. “This is incredibly heartbreaking for me,” another person tweeted. I had chronic bronchitis when I was young, and I frequently got very sick. My dad would go to the video store and rent things to help me pass the time. When I was around 12 years old, he once brought home a Gallagher tape.
Another reader commented, “One of the first comics I ever rented and watched over and over as a kid. He contributed to my later decision to pursue comedy. And because of him, I still yearn for a huge trampoline couch. Godspeed, Gallagher.
In 1980, Gallagher became well-known
In 1980, Leo received his own comedy special on Showtime called An Uncensored Evening, which helped him gain widespread acclaim. The program was the first comedy stand-up to air on cable television and was directed by Mike Nesmith.
The comedian later appeared in 12 additional network specials. Wordplay, props, and a distinctive flair made Gallagher famous. He would break a watermelon with a sledgehammer and then splash the audience with the juice. He gave the motion the name “Sledge-O-Matic.”
Till the Covid epidemic struck, Gallagher conducted extended tours across the country. The comedian is survived by his son Barnaby and daughter Aimee. We send our deepest sympathies to Gallagher’s family and friends.