Paul Mooney Dead at Age 79

Comedian Paul Mooney passed away from a heart attack in Oakland early on the morning of May 19, 2021 at the age of 79.

“Thank you all from the bottom of all of our hearts … you’re all are the best!…… Mooney World” the tweet read. “The Godfather of Comedy – ONE MOON MANY STARS! .. To all in love with this great man.. many thanks.”

Mooney died at his home in Oakland, California, after suffering a heart attack, according to representative Cassandra Williams. 

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Paul Mooney Dead at 79

The Twitter account for Mooney posted a tweet thanking the comedian’s fans for their condolences. 

Mooney wrote for series and sitcoms, including “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Good Times.” 

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

The comedic icon memorably played recurring character Negrodamus on “Chappelle’s Show,” where he also served as a writer.

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

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