Just yesterday, we found out that Hollywood lost a beloved star.
Comedian, Paul Mooney passed away on Wednesday, May 19th in his home in Oakland, Calfiornia from a heart attack. Mooney’s rep said he “”had declining health that came with age.” Funeral arrangements are currently being put into place.
Mooney served as writer on The Richard Pryor Show, The Rosanne Show, In Living Color, as well as Saturday Night Live. In addition, Mooney appearl on Dave Chappelle’s titular show.
Many stars took it to social media to pay tribute to the passing of the icon.
Awww…. RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! You were both funny and poignant. So happy to have witnessed your genius live. Rest well!!! Pour down some laughter here. We need it 💗💗💗 pic.twitter.com/cr6MqY3UXA
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) May 19, 2021
Our Funky Comedian Brother Mr. Paul Mooney has changed Frequencies to continue the future of real comedy in another world! Thxs for the Gifts & Laughs u left us with. Prayers going out to his family & friends!🙏🙏🙏 Bootsy & Funkateers around the World… pic.twitter.com/krH6fofeSA
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney was always the funniest light in the room…
Peace will not be still…Paul keep em laffing…wherever you are….Love PG
— Pam Grier Ph.D (@PamGrier) May 19, 2021
I was lucky enough to open for Paul Mooney several times. It was a master class. It was like a Malcolm X speech that had been punched up by Redd Foxx. & then in the middle of everything he’d go off on a tangent about Jane Fonda. He was 1 of the greats. Rest in Peace, Mr. Mooney.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 19, 2021
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