The Comic Strip is sad to announce the passing of our friend Rich Ramirez. The 30-year stand up comedy veteran had been battling liver disease since for nearly two decades. He was 57.
Due to his ongoing battle with liver disease — he had a liver transplant in 1997 — Ramirez had lost a tremendous amount of body weight and muscle mass in the last few years. In his weakened state, he collapsed Wednesday night at his home in New Jersey. Ramirez hit his head, which caused cerebral hemorrhaging. He was rushed to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ, where he suffered two strokes and remained comatose until shortly after 8 pm tonight, when his family decided to let him go peacefully.
“I just saw him in the hospital today,” friend and comedian J.J. Ramirez (no relation) tells Laughspin. “He called me the night he fell about a gig we had just booked together in Chicago.” Ramirez continues: “He was very funny and a very clever writer. He could do Latin stuff and contemporary stuff. I was with him at the beginning of his career. He was a great guy and he’ll be very missed.”
Our club and our acts have great memories of Rich. Take a minute to watch the great Rich Ramirez in action on our stage (back in the days when our wall was blue) in the clip below.
Our thoughts are with Rich’s family today.