Paul Mooney (real name Paul Gladney) passed away on May 19, 2021, at the age of 79, according to Cassandra Williams, the actor’s agent, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter. The comedian/actor was well-known for his parts in movies like Bamboozled, The Buddy Holly Story, and Chappelle’s Show, among others.
Spring Mooney, his daughter, verified the tragic news on Twitter.
On Wednesday morning, Spring tweeted, “Give me a second.” “My life is forever shocked and my best friend just passed away!!! Right now, I really struggle to express my feelings.
What Was Paul Mooney’s Cause of Death?
According to numerous accounts, Paul Mooney passed away suddenly. He is said to have suffered a heart attack at home.
The comedian Paul Mooney went away, reported Roland Martin in a tweet on May 19. His cousin Rudy Ealy just contacted me on Paul’s phone to inform me that he passed suddenly two hours ago at his Oakland home after having a heart attack. He was 79. On #RolandMartinUnfiltered tonight, we will pay him honour.
Paul Mooney Is Survived by Four Children.
Paul and Yvonne Mooney divorced after their 1973 wedding. (Paul’s most recent romantic relationship was with Shaka Khan in 2018). The four children of Paul and Yvonne are daughter Spring, twin sons Dwayne and Daryl, and son Shane.
Son Symeon, the fifth kid Paul had, was slain in 2001 in an incident that was classified as a homicide.
His identical twin sons Dwayne and Darryl continued their father’s comedic legacy.
Paul stated in a tweet from 2019 that “my children, all four of them, are my best friends.”
Following the news of Paul’s passing, colleagues in the entertainment industry and fans posted heartfelt eulogies to him on social media.
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
Ava DuVernay, the director, tweeted: “Paul Mooney. a huge comedian. I remember how influential his RACE CD was when I was a college student. The jokes, yes. But freedom is more important.
He spoke openly and boldly about emotions and experiences that most people found challenging to articulate. I hope he is now truly free. Rest, sir.
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
Actress Viola Davis posted a message on Twitter at the same time, saying, “Awww…. RIP comedic icon Paul Mooney! You were both humorous and moving. I’m thrilled to have seen your brilliance in action. Sleep well! Laughter is welcomed here. We require it,” with heart emojis.
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Paul is best remembered for playing Sam Cooke alongside Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story, despite the fact that he first wrote for the comedian Richard Pryor. His role as Junebug in the 2000 comedy Bamboozled made him famous as well. Paul went on to work on numerous other projects and stand-up comedy routines, including writing for Fox’s “In Living Color” and appearing as a guest on Chappelle’s Show.