Gregory used his humour to transgres racial barriers in the 1960 s and even ran for president in 1968
Dick Gregory, the black comedian who broke down racial roadblocks in the 1960 s and used humour to spread messages of social justice, has died. He was 84.
Gregorys son, Christian, said his father died late on Saturday in Washington, DC after having been hospitalised for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.
The family posted a message on his Twitter account saying it was with enormous sadness that they confirmed the death of their father, a comedic legend.