Comedian Gallagher, who gained notoriety for breaking watermelons with sledgehammers, has died. He was 76.
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His longtime manager has confirmed that he and his family passed away in California.
He announced that the legendary comedian Gallagher has died at the age of 76.
The comedian reportedly died of multiple organ failure at a hospice in Palm Springs, California. After being sick for some time, Gallagher reportedly passed out onstage in Minnesota in 2011. Over the years, this was the first of several heart attacks. The next year, just before a show in Texas, he had another heart attack.
Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr. was born to the world on July 24, 1946, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After a lengthy journey that ultimately led him to Florida, he put down roots there to further his education and ultimately earn a degree in chemical engineering.
The comedian first gained widespread attention after making an appearance on the Johnny Carson show in 1975. This was followed by a string of popular Showtime specials. It didn’t take long for him to become one of the most famous comedians in the United States.
Gallagher’s famous act was the “Sledge-O-Matic,” in which he used a massive mallet to smash vegetables, fruit, and other objects for comedic effect. Originally meant to be a send-up of Ronco Veg-O-Matic commercials, the skit wound up going viral and became the performer’s most well-known routine, which has been parodied by countless others.
Due to the show’s humorous handling of Mexican stereotypes, Leo’s reputation began to suffer as early as 1999, when he played in Cerritos, California. His later jokes were criticised for their sexism, racism, and homophobia. Gallagher was grilled by fellow comedian Marc Maron on their 2011 show “WTF?” At one point in the argument, Gallagher walked away, and subsequently blamed Maron for “taking the opposite side of things.”
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