Tributes continue to pour in for comedian Greg Giraldo, who died on Wednesday at the age of 44 after an apparently accidental overdose of prescription medication. A beloved stand-up performer and expert roaster, Giraldo initially was honored on Wednesday by such peers as Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Aziz Ansari, "30 Rock" star Judah Friedlander, fellow Comedy Central roaster Lisa Lampanelli and one of the targets of his laser-guided roast zingers, David Hasselhoff.
Also weighing in on Giraldo's passing was Dane Cook, who tweeted, "Greg Giraldo may you RIP. My thoughts & prayers go to his family, friends & fans."
Patton Oswalt, meanwhile, expressed disbelief at the death of his pal. "Really, Universe? Greg Giraldo?," he wrote on Twitter. "F--- off." He added, "Just went way out of my way not to drive past Laugh Factory. If I see Giraldo's name on that marquee, gonna lose it."
Another modern stand-up icon, "Louie" star Louis C.K., tweeted, "Greg Giraldo was a good guy. The kind of you're always glad to see. Also a funny comic and person. He died today. Goodbye friend."
Michael Ian Black, a veteran of MTV's "The State" and Comedy Central's "Michael & Michael Have Issues," had a similar reaction, writing, "F---. Greg Giraldo died. Hung out with him several times. Amazingly funny and kind. Never saw him clean shaven. RIP."
Giraldo's Facebook page was inundated with hundreds of comments from fans, fellow comedians and those who'd been touched by the 44-year-old funny man's stint as a judge on "Last Comic Standing." One message came from comedy duo Rev. Bill and Betty Holland, who wrote, "You voted yes for us on last comic standing this year ... You got it. I was hoping someday to meet you to say thanks ... We are deeply saddened we'll never get that chance and more so that all of us have lost [someone] special."
Giraldo appeared on many Comedy Central roasts, and the network released a statement about his death as well. "The tragic news of Greg's passing hits us very, very hard. Greg has been a close member of the Comedy Central family for years, injecting his energy and wicked sense of humor into countless projects. The comedy community lost a brother today. Our thoughts are with his family."
And, of course, in the storied tradition of vicious takedowns in celebrity roasts, one of Giraldo's frequent dais companions, parrot-voiced comedian Gilbert Gottfried, issued a totally inappropriate Twitter statement on his friend's passing.
"If Greg Giraldo is cremated, will that be the 'Greg Giraldo Roast'?" he joked.