"Gallagher, well-known comedian, passes away at 76."

Comedian Gallagher, best-known for smashing watermelons onstage with an axe, died on November 11, 2022 at 11:00 am.

The comedian passed away at a hospice in Palm Springs, California, due to septic shock from massive organ failure. He had suffered heart attacks since 2011, when he collapsed on stage in Minnesota.

Comedian Gallagher was born on July 24, 1946, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida.

Gallagher made a name for himself after appearing on the Johnny Carson show in 1975, which was followed by a series of comedy specials for the channel.

Gallagher onstage was defined by his "Sledge-O-Matic" stunt, in which he pulverizes vegetables, fruits, and other objects.

The comedian's life and career were not free of controversy. Michael Gallagher allowed his brother to use his famous fruit smashing act on stage as long as it is under his name. But later the audience seemed confused by the sibling's likeness. In 2000, Gallagher sued his brother for false advertising and trademark misuse.

Comedian Gallagher became famous later in life for his bigoted and homoerotic jibes. He is survived by his daughter Aimee and son Barnaby.