Barry Crimmins, Activist and Comedian, Dies at 64

Crimmins passed away yesterday after battling stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

His final moments were spent with his wife, Helen and longtime friend, Bobcat Goldthwait.

Crimmins was a major figure in the 80’s on the comedy circuit in Boston. His comedy routines focused through the years on the need for political and social change making him popular.

In the 1990’s, Crimmins began advocating for victims of childhood sexual abuse, revealing that he had been raped as a child. In 2015, he starred in a documentary about his life titled Call Me Lucky. The film was directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Then in January, Crimmins announced his diagnosis and stated the prognosis was “not good”.

His wife announced his death on Twitter saying, “Helen here with sad news…Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.”

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