Hollywood Mourns Death of Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory

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"Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice."

Following the news that Dick Gregory, a pioneering comedian and social and political activist, died on Saturday at the age of 84, Hollywood icons and political activists took to Twitter to mourn.

"Dick Gregory, 84, comedian, activist, author, lecturer and world famous teacher, died tonight surrounded by the members of his family of heart failure," his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, told The Hollywood Reporter. Gregory's family has asked for privacy and said that a full statement and details of his funeral would be released Sunday.

"He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know," Jaffe told THR. "I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times."

Ava DuVernay shared a quote of Gregory's and captioned it, "You taught us and loved us. Thank you, #DickGregory."

John Legend, who produced the off-Broadway play Turn Me Loose — in which Emmy-winning actor Joe Morton (Scandal) portrayed Gregory — tweeted, "Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP."

Bill Cosby fired off several tweets, praising Gregory's work, saying it showed "education, intelligence, and was inclusive of humanitarianism along with great timing."

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