Actor and comedian Ricky Harris has died of a heart attack at age 54.
Harris died on Monday, his manager Cindy Ambers confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harris was not a familiar name outside of the black genre movies and television circuit. He had a recurring role as “Malvo” in Chris Rock‘s sitcom TV series Everybody Hates Chris, and he appeared in various movies and television series that targeted urban audiences.
He also appeared as himself in Snoop Dogg‘s “Gin & Juice” music video.
In an Instagram video, Snoop described Harris as “my big brother, my homeboy,” adding that the comedian was “on his way to heaven now.”
“Damn, we lost Ricky Harris. The world is a little less funny today. RIP homie,” tweeted hip hop mogul Ice Cube.
Harris is survived by his mother, his ex-wife and two daughters.
WENN.com — The actor first entered Hollywood in the early ’90s with 1993’s Poetic Justice and Mikael Salomon’s 1998 action movie Hard Rain. He later starred in 2001 film Bones, alongside Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier, and also lent his voice to various characters in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004. Other recent appearances included roles on the 2015 drama-comedy Dope and The Tracy Morgan Show.
Harris had a long-held association with the hip hop community and worked with Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound on rap albums.