Sad news rippled through the show business community earlier today (August 20th) as the news was made official that comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory had passed away at the age of 84. A noted stand-up who got his big break as a fill-in for Irwin Corey at the Playboy Club in Chicago, Gregory went on to find success not only as someone who made American audiences laugh for decades, but also as a champion for those who felt marginalized by rights issues and lack of government acceptance or response. He was an outspoken advocate for civil right in America during the 1960’s and also lent his voice to the movement against the Vietnam War. Hip-hop artists, including Chance the Rapper, took to Twitter to express their sadness at the icon’s passing.