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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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Michael Rapaport Calls Himself The “MVP Of Talking Trash” Following Janet Jackson Controversy

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Michael Rapaport came under fire earlier this month for slamming Janet Jackson Appreciation Day which was on Super Bowl Sunday. But now, he is speaking a slightly different tune.

On February 4th, as Janet fans used social media to praise the singer, Michael took to Twitter to do what he does best: Talk mess.

“Can anybody crying for Janet Jackson right now tell me the last Janet Jackson song that was popping,” he wrote. “Motherf*cka’s wanna make nothing something 24/7/365 & Super Bowl Sunday.”

Michael, however, is slightly backing down from his aggressive words. HipHollywood caught up with the actor during the premier of Shot In The Dark, to discuss not only his ability to talk “sh*t,” but being attacked by Black Twitter.

“I love Janet Jackson, respect Janet Jackson,” he told us exclusively. “The context of what I said is that Janet Jackson isn’t popping now like she was popping in the 80’s, 90’s. Doesn’t mean she’s not an icon.”

Rapaport, who is known to stir up on some drama with his Twitter antics, then added about being a sh*t talker: “I’m proud of the way I talk sh*t, I’m the MVP of talking trash. I can give it as good as I can take it.” 

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