Comedian Ricky Harris has died at age 54.
The cause of death, which occurred on Dec. 26, is not known, but his representative, Cindy Ambers, noted that he had a heart attack two years ago, reports the Los Angeles Times. He had made his heart attack public in a 2015 interview with The Humor Mill.
Harris’ career was launched with his appearance on the HBO comedy showcase "Def Comedy Jam." He made his big-screen debut in John Singleton’s 1993 film "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Following that he appeared in the movie "Heat," alongside legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
His comedy ranged from his raunchy stand-up act and appearances on Snoop Dogg records, to the family-friendly sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," starring Chris Rock. On that show he had memorable recurring role as Malvo, a neighbor.
Following his 2014 heart attack, Harris appeared in made-for-TV series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," and also “The Tracy Morgan Show,” notes the Daily Mail.
Tributes from friends and colleagues came pouring in following the news of his death.
Snoop Dogg posted a video eulogy on Instagram. “I lost one of my dear friends today, Ricky Harris, a lot of y'all might know him as a comedian, but ... he was a real dear friend of mine,” said Snoop Dogg. “Y'all send a prayer out to Ricky Harris's family for me ... love you Rick, Long Beach's finest.” He added that Harris was “on his way to heaven now.”
On Twitter, Ice Cube mourned that “The world is a little less funny today,” while Cedric the Entertainer chimed in with “Devastated!!! #RIP to the One and Only #RickyHarris.”
Harris is survived by his mother, his ex-wife and two daughters.