According to his manager Craig Marquardo, comedian Gallagher,  passed away on Friday morning. He was 76.

 Comedian Gallagher, well known for his watermelon-smashing performance and numerous successful specials in the 1980s,

 In a statement, Marquardo said the comedian died "after a brief health fight

 He passed away in Palm Springs, California, accompanied by his family.

  Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, rose to fame in the early 1980s with a comedy spectacular titled "An Uncensored Evening"

  It was the first comedic stand-up special to ever show on cable television.

  The "Sledge-O-Matic," a homemade sledgehammer that Gallagher used to crush food on stage

Spraying the audience with it, was the centrepiece of his most well-known routine.

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