Legendary comedian and “Chappelle Show” star Paul Mooney died Wednesday in his Oakland, California, home at the age of 79.
The well-known comedian and actor reportedly died following a heart attack. His daughter, Spring Mooney, confirmed his death in a tweet on Wednesday.
Give me a moment !!! My best friend just died and my world is forever SHOOK !!! I really can’t put into words right now my feelings .. know that I LOVE THIS MAN AND I AM BROKEN 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/XIXO36ug1i
— Spring Mooney (@MooneySpring) May 19, 2021
Mooney was best known for his role as Sam Cooke with Oscar nominee Gary Busey in the 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story.” He also portrayed Junebug in Spike Lee’s 2000 comedy “Bamboozled.”
The comedian began his career as a writer, working alongside comedian Richard Pryor. He later wrote for the Fox series “In Living Color.”
He was known by many for his role as Negrodamus in the “Chappelle Show.”
Roland Martin also tweeted details of Mooney’s passing on Twitter.
BREAKING NEWS: Rudy Ealy, the cousin of @PaulEalyMooney, told me that Paul had been suffering with dementia for some time and had been living with him. Rudy said Oakland paramedics valiantly tried to save him after suffering a heart attack this AM. #RolandMartinUnfiltered
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 19, 2021
The comedian brought laughter to many, leaving a legacy of comedy for generations to come.