Popular American actor Paul Mooney has died.
The actor-comedian who is famous for starring on “Chappelle’s Show” and “Bamboozled,” died at the age of 79.
The news of his death was made public through a rep for Cassandra Williams, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I recall listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yeah, the jokes. But more so, the freedom. He spoke freely and fearlessly about feelings and experiences others found difficult to express. May he be truly free now. Rest, sir.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 19, 2021
Mooney’s daughter, Spring Mooney also took to Twitter with the news, saying her “best friend” has died.
Mooney passed away from a heart attack on Wednesday morning in Oakland, California.
The comedian was from Shreveport, Louisiana, and got his start as a writer for Richard Pryor.
He went on to write for the sketch hit “In Living Color” and often appeared in skits on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show.
He played Sam Cooke in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story” and appeared in Spike Lee’s 2000 movie “Bamboozled.”
Tributes to Mooney from the entertainment community poured in on social media on Wednesday.
Director Ava DuVernay wrote: “Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I recall listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yeah, the jokes. But more so, the freedom.
He spoke freely and fearlessly about feelings and experiences others found difficult to express. May he be truly free now. Rest, sir.”
‘RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! You were both funny and poignant. So happy to have witnessed your genius live,” Viola Davis wrote in a tweet.
“Rest well!!! Pour down some laughter here. We need it.”
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