Dick Gregory, one of the civil rights greats, has died aged 84

I met him once – lovely, lovely man

‘Dick Gregory, the US comedian and civil rights activist who used humour to break down racial barriers, has died aged 84.

The comic passed away late on Saturday in Washington after spending a week in hospital fighting a bacterial infection, his son Christian said.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight,” he wrote on Instagram.’

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