Famed Comedian Ricky Harris Dies At Age 54

The comedic world lost another great voice on Dec. 26. According to TIME, comedian/actor Ricky Harris passed away at age 54. In a statement issued by Harris’ manager, Cindy Ambers, a cause of his death has yet to be revealed, the Los Angeles Times reports, but he had complications with his heart in 2014.

The West Coast resident was most famously known for his silver screen appearances in Tales from the Hood, Poetic Justice, This Christmas, and the hit sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. While Harris made an everlasting impact within his film career, he also lent his voice and persona to various rap pioneers within their discography, most notably Snoop Dogg.

The Bones actors, who were part of the same church choir as young children, appeared in Snoop’s “Doggy Dogg World” video as the character “TaaDow.” Harris also performed other skits for different rap legends under the alias DJ EZ-Dicc.

Fueling his other passion, Harris was also a mainstay on the earlier production of Def Comedy Jam, appearing alongside other greats including Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac.