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UPDATED 08.19.17 10:45 pm:

We are truly sad and heartbroken to inform you that Mr. Dick Gregory has died from heart failure. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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Civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who is known for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War, has been hospitalized.

According to an Instagram post made by his son on his account, Gregory was taken to the hospital after feeling sick on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He was evaluated, treated and then released.

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My father, Dick Gregory remains hospitalized with a serious but stable medical condition. His prognosis is excellent and he should be released within the next few days. After feeling ill last Wednesday (August 9th) Mr. Gregory was taken to the hospital. He was evaluated, treated and released. Showing only minimal improvement we returned him to the hospital Saturday (August 12) he was evaluated and admitted. Balancing a fine line between privacy and his friends and fans (who are his extended family) right to know. We have and will always gladly and freely share this gift with the world. When it comes to sickness and disease one's age is highly significant. There is no such thing as a "simple" condition. In advanced age a simple cold or a simple infection could be catastrophic. At soon to be chronologically 85, my father's true age far exceeds that. A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed, has definitively taken its toll. Laughter is truly good medicine. I've watched my father for a lifetime heal the world. Today he is in need of your healing. We are truly grateful for the phenomenal care he has been receiving. My family and I remain thankful for all of the prayers, positive thoughts, messages and good energy. Most appreciatively, Christian Gregory

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However, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, the 85-year-old showed little signs of improvement and was readmitted to the hospital.

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In the post, his son states, “His prognosis is excellent and he should be released within the next few days.”

The family is thankful for all the prayers and positive thoughts from fans.