Leo Gallagher Obituary – Cause of Death: Legendary comedian known for smashing watermelon, Leo Gallagher dies at 76.
American comedian, Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr. known mononymously as Gallagher has died at the age of 76. Gallagher died on Friday, November 11, 2022, after suffering multiple organ failure in hospice care in Palm Springs, California.
Gallagher became one of the most recognizable comedic performers of the 1980s for his prop and observational routine that included the signature act of smashing a watermelon on stage with a sledgehammer.
For more than 30 years, he played between 100-200 shows a year, destroying tens of thousands of melons with the sledgehammer he called the “Sledge-O-Matic”. Gallagher’s 13 TV comedy specials is second most all-time, behind only George Carlin.
Gallagher started his comedy career in 1969. In the 1980s, he performed in more than a dozen television comedy specials, becoming one of the decade’s best known comics.
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He is survived by his daughter, Aimee, and his son, Barnaby.