“Gallagher” a Legendary Comedian, Has Died! How Did He Pass Away?

The Sun says that Gallagher, who was a comedian, has died at the age of 76. Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr. was best known for smashing watermelons, using props, and making fun of everyday things. Some of his comedy specials are on HBO, and he has 13 one-hour specials on Showtime.

Gallagher ran for governor of California in 2003 with the slogan “Finally, a governor you can get drunk with.” Some people thought his jokes were not politically correct, and he sometimes crossed political and social lines with jokes that some people found offensive. But Gallagher had a big enough fan base that he could do 100 crazy shows a year for 30 years and smash about 15,000 watermelons.

Gallagher became famous in 1980 when Showtime aired the first stand-up comedy special. Variety said that his “Sledge-O-Matic” act, where he used a sledgehammer to smash food, especially watermelons, into pieces that showered the first audience, was first seen on the show “An Uncensored Evening.”

Gallagher kept touring until the COVID-19 pandemic, even though he was sick. He was also in “The Book of Daniel,” a movie. Gallagher’s last tour, called “The Last Smash,” took place in 2019.

Gallagher Struggled With Poor Health

After collapsing on stage during a concert in Minnesota in 2011, Gallagher’s health problems continued to worsen (per The Sun). Before a performance in Texas in 2012, he had a heart attack. Even after suffering several heart attacks in the years that followed, he kept on performing.

The longtime manager for Gallagher told TMZ, “For many years, Gallagher continued his touring across the United States. By simple elimination, he was fairly confident in his claim to hold the record for most standup dates. Gallagher was a talented American success story, even if he did have detractors.”

According to NBC News, Gallagher passed away at his Palm Springs, California, home while receiving hospice care from a variety of specialists due to widespread organ failure.

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The Sun reports that it is not known if the comedian ever married, but that he leaves behind a daughter, Aimee, and a son, Barnaby. Whether you like the self-proclaimed “Wizard of Odd” or not, his legacy lives on in his extensive library of live shows and specials.