NEW YORK — Greg Giraldo, a stand-up comedian who specialized in rants and insult-filled roasts, has died. He was 44.
Giraldo died at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., after being hospitalized days earlier. New Brunswick police Lt. J.T. Miller said officers found Giraldo in his room at the Hyatt New Brunswick on Saturday night.
The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick reported that Giraldo had suffered a drug overdose, citing New Brunswick police. Giraldo's managers declined to comment Thursday.
On Wednesday's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart paid tribute to Giraldo. Instead of showing the show's traditional final segment, "Moment of Zen," the program ran a "Moment of Greg," playing a clip of Giraldo performing.
"The comedy world lost a good man and a great comic," Stewart said. "When you were working the clubs, he was just one of those guys that you loved to run into, because he was always a font of warmth and good humor and just smart-as-hell comedy."