Some of us have already been pouring out a box of wine (into our mouths) over the current state of everything, but pour out an extra box for Irish sparkle of magic Maggie Griffin, mother of Kathy Griffin and the best thing about My Life On The D-List. Maggie died yesterday at the age of 99.
Yesterday, on St. Patrick’s Day, Kathy delivered the sad news that her mother Maggie had gone off to the great big Franzia warehouse in the sky:
My Mom, the one and only, Maggie Griffin, passed away today. I am gutted. My best friend. I’m shaking. I won’t ever be prepared. I’m so grateful you guys got to be part of her life. You knew her. You loved her. She knew it. Oh, and OF COURSE she went on St Patrick’s Day. 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/l9IZHuIWLb
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 18, 2020
Last year, Kathy delivered a long sad thread on Twitter, saying that Maggie had dementia, and although Maggie wasn’t in any physical pain and was getting 24-hour care, it was devastating for Kathy, of course.
A) As heartbreaking as this is, I feel the need to share some important info about my mom Maggie. I've always been honest with you all, but this one is really hard. The pic below, taken in September, was the last time I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her. pic.twitter.com/oqBcQTEDAB
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) January 3, 2019
Mary Margaret Griffin (born name: Mary Margaret Corbally) was a first generation Irish-American and was born in Oak Park, Illinois. After marrying Kathy’s dad John Patrick Griffin, who died in 2007, she worked as an administrator at Oak Park Hospital. Maggie and John had five children together: Kathy, Joyce, Gary, Kenny, and John. Gary died in 2014 and Joyce died in 2017. They both died from cancer.
Maggie eventually moved to Los Angeles, and was a part Kathy’s short-lived MTV show Kathy’s So-Called Reality in 2001. And in 2005, Maggie became the sweetheart of Bravo (yes, I’m ignoring her love for Bill O’Reilly) when she hilariously graced Kathy’s Emmy-winning show Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List. Maggie being Kathy’s straight man (and one of the only “straight men” ever around Kathy) made the show. Maggie was on all six seasons of the show, and she also made appearances on Kathy’s talk show and the documentary Kathy Griffin: Hell Of A Story. And in 2010, Maggie put out the book Tip It!: The World According To Maggie. She occasionally also showed up on Kathy’s YouTube channel.
Rest in peace, Maggie Griffin. Whenever Kathy does some shit that I know you would never approve of, I’m going to point my ear toward the sky to listen to you shout, “JESUS CHRIST KATHLEEN!!!!”