Last Comic Standing Judge Greg Giraldo Dies at 44

Entertainment Sep. 29, 2010 AT 6:27PM
Last Comic Standing Judge Greg Giraldo Dies at 44 Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Five days after Greg Giraldo was hospitalized for an accidental prescription pill overdose, the comedian passed away at the age of 44, E! News reports.

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The Last Comic Standing judge's death was first announced by friend and fellow comic Jim Norton via Twitter.

"Greg Giraldo passed away today. This is the last photo of us together, taken June 28 at Noam's wedding," Norton, 42, tweeted Wednesday. "RIP buddy."

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Added comedian Sarah Silverman: "Belly-laugh hilarious, prolific, good & kind. A thousand oys can't express."

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Known for roasting celebrities such as Joan Rivers and David Hasselhoff, Giraldo began his career as a Columbia and Harvard Law School-educated attorney before venturing into the world of comedy.

According to TMZ, Giraldo -- who was divorced -- was surrounded by his three children at the time of his death in a New Brunswick, NJ hospital.

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