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Thu Nov-17-22 02:11 PM by CyrenYoung


Comedian Gallagher, famously known for smashing watermelons as part of his legendary act, has died ... his longtime manager tells TMZ.

Gallagher died while under hospice care in the Palm Springs area early Friday morning, TMZ has learned. His manager tells TMZ Gallagher died of massive organ failure. He had been in ill health for a while, suffering numerous heart attacks over the years.

The rep tells TMZ, "Gallagher stayed on the road touring America for decades. He was pretty sure he held a record for the most stand-up dates, by attrition alone," adding, "While Gallagher had his detractors, he was an undeniable talent and an American success story."

Gallagher started working as a comedian after college ... getting his big break after appearing on Johnny Carson's 'Tonight Show' back in 1975 ... showing off his prop humor and quickly becoming one of the most popular and recognizable comedians in America.

His trademark bit was the "Sledge-O-Matic," where he'd use a large mallet to destroy a bunch of foods and objects -- always ending with a watermelon. While it started as a parody of the Veg-O-Matic commercials, it would go on to be what millions would remember him for.

Gallagher's since become a pop culture phenomenon, getting parodied and referenced over the years for his act ... most recently being played by fellow comedian Paul F. Tompkins in "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."

The comedian had 17 specials spanning decades of his work ... with his first special, "An Uncensored Evening," debuting in 1980. He appeared in episodes of "Hollywood Squares," "WTF with Marc Maron," "Tosh.0" and "Celebrity Big Brother."

He had a health scare back in 2011, as we reported, he collapsed onstage during a performance in Minnesota. He also suffered a heart attack the following year in Texas, moments before he was supposed to perform.

We last saw the comedian back in 2014 ... and he offered us some fantastic advice for those looking to get someone a gift while stuck on a budget -- and it's as hilarious as you'd expect.

Gallagher, who was retired, is survived by his daughter, Aimee, and his son, Barnaby.

He was 76.



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Subject Author Message Date ID
Oh shit!
Nov 11th 2022
RIP, I used to watch his stuff and laugh as a kid
Nov 11th 2022
Patrice vs Gallagher on O&A was so epic
Nov 11th 2022
Patrice was the first to call him out. It was hilarious.
Nov 11th 2022
was so funny because Patrice came at him as fan
Nov 11th 2022
Nov 12th 2022
Damn I miss that dude. That dude being Patrice of course.
Nov 14th 2022
"he's the resident 'also'"
Nov 17th 2022
Used to catch his specials on Comedy Central after school.
Nov 11th 2022
He was a racist piece of shit. Fuck him.
Nov 11th 2022
is this is why he smashed Watermelons?
Nov 12th 2022
      lol Patrice said that too
Nov 12th 2022
What are the rules for RIP posts for racist?
Nov 12th 2022
don't ask don't tell
Nov 12th 2022
RE: fuck Gallagher /nmfm
Nov 12th 2022
delete this shit
Nov 13th 2022
As a Black kid in the south, a white man smashing watermelons never
Nov 14th 2022
MODS, can we change the subject line to remove RIP???
Nov 14th 2022
Lmao. A well deserved roasting.
Nov 17th 2022
I thought his jokes were hilarious as a kid.... had no idea he was racis...
Nov 14th 2022
man, fuck gallagher.
Nov 14th 2022
also had to remember when Gallagher walked out on Maron
Nov 14th 2022
Funny that he's talking about this with other racists.
Nov 14th 2022
Ant was racist. Opie was whatever
Nov 14th 2022
      Yea good call - I just lumped Anthony in, probably partly unfairly.
Nov 14th 2022
      Ant used to diss celebrity Trump, then became a Trumper
Nov 17th 2022
           What a fucking loser.
Nov 17th 2022
"Aww come on, Gallagher!" was my first thought when I saw the news
Nov 14th 2022
      Lol i had to pull up the actual clip
Nov 14th 2022
I love that this turned into a Patrice Oneal appreciation post. Lmao
Nov 17th 2022
Patrice didn't live long enough for people to turn on him
Nov 17th 2022
      Can you send that clip ? I'd love to see that.
Nov 17th 2022
      i *think* its this one but not sure
Nov 17th 2022
      RE: Patrice didn't live long enough for people to turn on him
Nov 17th 2022
      not necessarily being"metoo'd"
Nov 17th 2022
      ladies? why can’t I sexually harass you?
Nov 17th 2022

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