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HipHollywood is sad to report that Christopher “Big Black” Boykin passed away Tuesday morning. Boykin, who starred on MTV’s hit series Rob & Big alongside pro skater Rob Dyrdek, was 45.

No official cause of death has been reported, but multiple people connected to Boykin say they believe it was a heart attack.

Boykin was Dyrdek’s best friend and bodyguard on their reality show, which ran from 2006 to 2008, and also later appeared on Fantasy Factory.

The duo’s relationship became strained during filming of the show, but they later reconciled. Dyrdek has yet to speak about his dear friend’s passing, but his Ridiculousness co-stars, Chanel West Coast and Steelo Brim, have taken to social media to express their sadness.

“My brain can’t truly comprehend this,” said Brim. “As soon as we met we became friends. Genuine, Funny, Family Man, just an Overall Great guy. May God Rest his soul and he make everyone in heaven smile like he did on earth! LOVE!  #RIPBigBlack

“RIP Big Black. My heart is crushed,” said Chanel via Twitter. “I’ll remember all the times you made me laugh and my prayers go out to your family.”

Boykin, who served in the U.S. Navy before becoming Dyrdek’s bodyguard, is survived by a 9-year-old daughter, Isis.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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