Paul Mooney died at the age of 79.
The legendary comedian, best known as the writer for “The Richard Pryor Show”, “The Rosanne Show” and “Saturday Night Live” died on Wednesday (May 19, 21) at his home in Oakland, California after a heart attack.
His publicist Cassandra Williams said in a statement: “Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him after suffering a heart attack. He was staying with a family member who was a caregiver.”
And his daughter Spring Mooney also confirmed her father’s death on Twitter.
She wrote, “Give me a moment. My best friend just died and my world is SHOOK forever !!! I really can’t put my feelings into words right now. I know that I love this man and that I am broken. (sic) ”
Paul was famous for starring Sam Cooke in “The Buddy Holly Story” in 1978 and Junebug in Spike Lee’s acclaimed 2000 comedy “Bamboozled”.
The actor and comedian also played roles in Dave Chappelle’s hit ‘Chappelle’s Show’.
And after the news of his death, many stars have already used social media to honor his memory.
Viola Davis wrote, “Awww … RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! You were both fun and poignant. So happy to see your genius live.”
While director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I remember listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yes, the jokes. But more than that, the freedom. He spoke freely and fearless about feelings and experiences others found it difficult to express. May he really be free now. Take a rest, sir. (sic) “