Greg Giraldo dies from accidental overdose

Following his hospitalization on Saturday with a suspected accidental drug overdose, “Last Comic Standing” judge Greg Giraldo has passed away.

He was found unconscious in his hotel room at the Hyatt, New Brunswick last Saturday. First officers on the scene successfully performed CPR and Giraldo was revived before being taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Neither the hospital nor police Lt. J. Miller would disclose the circumstances surrounding his collapse or condition but according to previous reports the 44-year-old comic was in a critical condition after taking prescription drugs.

A regular on Comedy Central he began his career as a lawyer having graduated from Harvard Law School but lasted less than a year before changing direction completely and rejecting his legal persona in the process.

His comedy style was based around observational humour and his rhythmic ranting took him from the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan to become a regular panellist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

It is widely thought that Greg’s death was not the result of a suicide attempt but an unfortunate accident. His website www.greggiraldo.com poignantly links to his Facebook page where many tributes have already been left.

Celebrities who have died from a drug overdose include Anna Nicole Smith, John Belushi, Heath Ledger and River Phoenix

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