Paul Mooney, Comedic Legend, Has Died

Written by on May 19, 2021

Comedic legend Paul Mooney has died at age 79. 

Mooney died Wednesday morning at his house in Oakland, California, after struggling a coronary heart assault, his consultant Cassandra Williams instructed The Related Press. Journalist Roland Martin was the primary to report about Mooney’s demise.

The Twitter account for Mooney posted a tweet thanking the comic’s followers for his or her condolences. 

“Thanks all from the underside of all of our hearts … you’re all are one of the best!…… Mooney World” the tweet learn. “The Godfather of Comedy – ONE MOON MANY STARS! .. To all in love with this nice man.. many thanks.”

Mooney, whose beginning title was Paul Gladney, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1941. He moved to Oakland as a toddler.

The stand-up comedian, actor and author famously labored with Richard Pryor for many years, serving as a head author on “The Richard Pryor Present.” He additionally co-wrote materials on a number of of Pryor’s comedy albums and served as a author for Pryor’s 1975 look on “Saturday Evening Dwell.”

Mooney wrote for sequence and sitcoms, together with “Sanford and Son,” “In Residing Coloration” and “Good Occasions.” 

He appeared in numerous movies, together with his portrayal of Sam Cooke in “The Buddy Holly Story” and his roles in “Bamboozled” and “Meet the Blacks.”

The comedic icon memorably performed recurring character Negrodamus on “Chappelle’s Present,” the place he additionally served as a author.

Mooney, who used his comedy to immediately confront racism, printed a memoir titled “Black Is the New White.”

Individuals on Twitter started mourning Mooney’s demise Wednesday, sharing methods the comic’s work impacted their lives: 

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