With just a few days left, 2016 has taken another one.
Actor and comedian Ricky Harris, best known for his film/TV roles in Poetic Justice, Everybody Hates Chris, Dope and more, died on Monday, December 26th, his friends and family confirmed. He was 54 years old.
Harris’ official cause of death was confirmed by his manager Cindy Ambers. The actor/comedian died after suffering a heart attack the day after Christmas.
Before his sudden death, Harris earned a number of film/television credits to his name, including appearances in big-name movies like Poetic Justice (1993), Heat (1995) and Dope (2015), among others, as well as popular TV shows like Moesha, CSI, ER, Everybody Hates Chris and FX’s The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
Harris also lent his voice to skits on popular Hip Hop albums from Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, voicing characters such as DJ Ez Dicc, TaaDow and Saul-T-Nutz. Harris also lent his voice to various characters in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Fans of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which is still in syndication on several TV networks, will remember Ricky Harris as recurring character Malvo.
Harris is survived by his mother, ex-wife and two daughters.
The son of a preacher, Harris grew up in Long Beach, California along with childhood friend and rapper Snoop Dogg; the two sang in their church choir.
A number of Ricky Harris’ friends and industry colleagues expressed their condolences over his passing on social media, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Sinbad, JB Smoove, Warren G and DJ Pooh.
Damn, we lost Ricky Harris. The world is a little less funny today. RIP homie. pic.twitter.com/5AalZndlx2
— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 27, 2016
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 27, 2016
— CedricTheEntertainer (@CedEntertainer) December 27, 2016
ricky harris – Google Search i can't believe this ! RIP Ricky https://t.co/Rld8LaUkfk
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) December 27, 2016
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) December 27, 2016
— THE REAL KID CAPRI (@kidcapri101) December 27, 2016
RIP Ricky Harris. ?
— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) December 27, 2016
— JB Smoove (@ohsnapjbsmoove) December 27, 2016
RIP Ricky Harris Dam this crazy please send prayers out for his family wow this hurts man. https://t.co/so0DgowKY2
— Warren G (@regulator) December 27, 2016
Man. Taadow himself man. Dog our FIRST LA show in 94. Ricky Harris showed us so much love man. 2016 man keeps taking and taking and taking. I'm not joking at all when I wonder aloud about is this the rapture happening and maybe my life isn't right and I'm stuck on earth w ol orange crush at the wheel. Do we have the strength to even…hang on? Cause who are we kidding is 2017 all that safe? Hold on be strong y'all. Seriously. #RickyHarris #Taadow