Hip Hop has been compelled to pay homage to two legendary comedians within the last 24 hours. Anyone else fatigued just thinking about it?
Last night, Dick Gregory’s son apparently shared via social media that the Comedian, and Social Activist, has passed on at only 84 years old. Now, it has been revealed that Jerry Lewis has also transitioned. As expected, Hip Hop has had much to say in regards to these losses to the Entertainment community.
RIP to the dude who always did right by his people, Mr. Dick Gregory. He made bravery, integrity and consciousness cool. And funny.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 20, 2017
According to Hot New Hip Hop, though, Jerry Lewis was found deceased this morning, August 20th, in Las Vegas.
Dude. My Scorsese obsession are his under the radar joints (After Hours, Cape Fear, even have a soft spot for Ny Ny) but NO film am I more obsessed with than #TheKingOfComedy I literally think of this film and these characters EVERYTIME I set foot in/out/around/about 30rock—even before that became the place of my employ. A MASTERFUL study of fan obsession (I bet ANY amount of money @phontigallo gonna drop an #RupertPupkin reference on his page any moment)—this was my favorite of all of the great #JerryLewis' gems in his arsenal. Y'all gotta understand sundays after church before dinner you were most likely watching #BlondieAndDagwood #3Stooges or a #MartinAndLewis classic —seen em all man. Even had the pleasure of being on his telethon w my dad back in the summer of 88 (thank god that is NOWHERE to be found rotf)—that was one of the most exciting times of my pre professional life he was so cool man. Y'all just don't know man to lose 2 comic gods like this. Man. #JerryLewis rip.
Already, The Weeknd, Chuck D, Quest Love, and more have all expressed their grief through social media posts.
“That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was!…”
-Jim Carrey via Twitter
Additionally, Lewis’s publicist has made the announcement. That said, let’s especially keep the loved ones of both Dick Gregory, and Jerry Lewis, in our prayers.