Comedian Gallagher, famous for smashing watermelons, dies at 76, NBC News reports

Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr., known professionally as Gallagher, was an American comedian famous for the “Sledge-O-Matic, a signature sketch where he smashed a variety of foods and ended with a watermelon.

American comedian Gallagher (born Leo Gallagher Jr) performs at the Star Plaza Theater, Merrillville, Indiana, November 1, 1995. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) (Paul Natkin, Getty Images)

American comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr. has died at the age of 76, according to his family.

Gallagher passed away from organ failure while in hospice care in his Palm Springs, California home, his son-in-law told NBC News. He had been unwell and suffered multiple heart attacks prior to his death.

Gallagher was known for his signature sketch, “Sledge-O-Matic,” where he’d take a large wooden mallet and smash a variety of foods before ending in the main act -- a watermelon.

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