On September 25, 2010, Giraldo accidentally overdosed on prescription medication. After he failed to appear for a scheduled performance, he was found in his New Jersey hotel room and rushed to Robert Wood Johnson UniversityHospital in New Brunswick. He died as a result of complications from the overdose on September 29, 2010 with his family by his side.
We are sadden by this news and wish to send his family our condolences from Atlanta.
Giraldo was born The Bronx and was raised in Queens. Before becoming a comedian, Giraldo worked as a lawyer, having graduated from Harvard Law School. Giraldo spent less than a year as an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before deciding to change his occupation. Despite his prior career, Giraldo rejected that persona and very rarely discussed his days as a lawyer.
Giraldo was known for his distinct delivery and his skills in ranting, never allowing his rhythm to be broken. Giraldo performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan. Giraldo was a regular panelist on Tough Crown With Colin Quinn.
He went on to be one of the funniest roasters at the Comedy Central’s annual roasts roasting Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson, William Shatner, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, Joan Rivers, Larry the Cable Guy, and David Hasselhoff, as well as the TBS roast of Cheech & Chong.
You will be missed!~