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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.

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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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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.

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