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Comedian and Actor Paul Mooney dies at 79!

Source: theafrolounge.com

The pioneering comedian, writer and actor Paul Mooney died on May 19 at his home in Oakland at the age of 79. He was best known as a barrier breaking comedian, famous for “Chapelle’s Show” and “Bamboozled”. Once a ring master, Mooney gave us a hilarious character the all-seeing Negrodamus on Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy show

Mooney died at his home at 5:30 am. The news was announced by his family via Mooney’s social media accounts. His family posted on Mooney’s Twitter handle on Wednesday, “Thank you all from the bottom of all of our hearts …you’re all are the best! Mooney World … The Godfather of Comedy – ONE MOON MANY STARS! To all in love with this great man… many thanks,”

The news was also confirmed by his publicist Cassandra Williams, who cited heart attack as the cause of his death. Other than that, Mooney’s daughter, Spring Mooney also shared the heartbreaking news on her Twitter handle. She wrote, “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”

Soon after the news surfaced, the actors, comedians and other celebrities came out to pay their tribute and respects to the legendary comedian Paul Mooney. 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.”

Writer and poet Saeed Jones dedicated a poem to Mooney-

Comedian and actor George Wallace also wrote, “So saddened by the loss of a real comedy King, Paul Mooney. Total respect for my elder. Witherspoon last year, now this. They say it comes in threes. I ain’t sleepin’ for the next two years.”

Debbie Allen also paid tribute to the late comedian saying “We will miss you, Homie. We will forever speak your name.” Meanwhile, Viola Davis wrote, “So happy to have witnessed your genius live. Rest well!!! Pour down some laughter here. We need it.”

June 2021