NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — TMZ is reporting that stand-up comic Greg Giraldo has died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. Giraldo had been in the hospital after suffering an accidental prescription drug overdose in his hotel room following a performance at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, N.J.
According to the New York Post, Giraldo was discovered in his room by friends after missing a performance and had been admitted to the hospital in critical condition, but had apparently improved and was breathing on his own by Sunday. The overdose was reported to be accidental rather than a suicide attempt.
Giraldo was known for his delivery skills and performed live regularly. He was a judge on the NBC show "Last Comic Standing", a regular panelist on the Comedy Central program "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn", the star of a short-lived sitcom "Common Law" and had been in several pilots and television commercial spots. Giraldo was also a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterma"n and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," appearing on the shows more than a dozen times.
Giraldo was an admitted recovering alcoholic and was due to appear at the New York Recovery Rally on Saturday, which is described on it's website as an event to "celebrate recovery from addiction." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers