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Comedian Paul Mooney Dead at 79: Viola Davis, Ava DuVernay and More Pay Tribute

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Hollywood is mourning the lack of a beloved star.

Comic Paul Mooney handed away on Wednesday, Could 19, at his residence Oakland, Calif., his rep confirmed to NBC Information. He was 79. “Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him after he suffered a coronary heart assault,” his publicist Cassandra Wiliiams mentioned in a press release. “He was staying with a member of the family who was a caregiver.”

Mooney’s rep additionally famous he “had declining well being that got here with age.” Funeral plans are anticipated to comply with. 

Throughout his illustrious profession, Mooney served as a author on The Richard Pryor Present, The Rosanne Present, In Residing Colour and Saturday Night Live. He additionally appeared on Dave Chappelle‘s titular present.

As information of his dying emerged, many stars and public figures took to social media to pay tribute. “Awww…. RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney!” Viola Davis tweeted. “You have been each humorous and poignant. So glad to have witnessed your genius stay. Relaxation nicely!!! Pour down some laughter right here. We’d like it.”

Director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Paul Mooney. A comedy large. I recall listening to his RACE album in school and the way formative it was. Yeah, the jokes. However extra so, the liberty. He spoke freely and fearlessly about emotions and experiences others discovered troublesome to precise. Could he be really free now. Relaxation, sir.”

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