As the world learned about legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory’s passing Saturday night, reactions flooded onto Twitter, with many taking to the social network to pay their respects.
“You taught us and loved us. Thank you, #DickGregory,” wrote director Ava DuVernay, sharing a screenshot of a recent comment Gregory posted on Instagram.
“Dick Gregory, Truth teller, make you fall on your face laughing Comedian, health man before it was cool & crazy expensive unapologetic,” tweeted Whoopi Goldberg. “About being black in America Dick Gregory has passed away, Condolences to his family and to us who won’t have his insight 2 lean on R.I.P.”
As word of his passing was spread around the social network, “Dick Gregory” quickly rose to the top of Twitter’s “Trending Topics” list in the United States.
“I’ve known Dick Gregory since I was 16 years old,” wrote Rev. Al Sharpton. “A true, committed, and consistent freedom fighter. May he Rest In Peace.”
“He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already. #RIP,” tweeted Rev. Jesse Jackson.
“Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP,” wrote singer John Legend.
“Heaven just got funnier RIP #DickGregory #TeamDl,” wrote comedian DL Hughley.
“RIP Dick Gregory. Great comedian. Great American,” tweeted comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Gregory was 84 years old.