Bryan Barber and son Bryan

Director Bryan Barber, who was cut out of ABC's 'Black-ish' TV series based on his own life, is mourning the loss of his 8-year-old son Bryan. Barber, 47, wrote a touching tribute to his namesake son on his social media accounts early Tuesday.

"Thank you for everything son. I’ll never forget you and what you brought into my life. Endless smiles, laughs and tickles... You made me live again." He added: "Say hi to Prince for me. I love you with all my heart forever. Love forever Dad."

Barber, who graduated from Clark Atlanta University, is best known for directing rap music videos for artists such as Outkast and Wiz Khalifa and the poorly-received movie Idlewild, starring Outkast.

In 2016 he sued 'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris and others for $1 million, alleging breach of contract and fraud for stealing the idea for the hit TV series which was based on Barber's life.

In his lawsuit, Barber alleged his former college roommate, Barris, stole his idea for the TV series without giving him credit or compensation.


  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Awww this is sad...RIP young king

  • guest

    Very sad! I My sincere condolences and prayers to him and his family Was his son sick?

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Omg. No parent should ever have to experience this. I saw my cousin lose his four year old to brain cancer and it nearly broke us. My prayers to this family.

  • sunni_daze

    May this family be covered by grace and mercy in their time of need.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Prayers to him and the family! RIP young king

  • MookieFly

    RIP little soul

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Rest in Love Young King.

  • SpillyNillie

    Precious Lord! RIP to this Beautiful Little Boy!

  • Kim’s Original Face

    So heartbreaking Lord I ask that you cover this family please!

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    bless this little one.

  • tintin

    This hurts...i hate seeing little children pass away. May God rest his soul

  • Kanyade

    RIP little one. :(

  • Ghost

    Such a painful lost....Prayers

  • You Could Never

    Im so sorry. OMG. RIP young man. My eyeballs sweaty

  • Kemi

    Rest In Peace young man!!! Condolences to the family/friends. Heartbreaking??

  • Scromes1212

    Couldn't imagine going through this smh stay strong brother. RIP

  • kkkjinx

    Rest In Peace Kingl. My condolences to this young angel's family.

  • Tammie Reed

    OMG so sad, may he R.I.P I met Bryan years ago here in Atlanta and he was super sweet! xoxo

  • Omega

    How did he die?

  • mona q

    Right? We cared less about how he sued the show and more about how the little boy died. SMDH...

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Omg that's so sad. Prayers for him and his family as I couldn't fathom losing my Ju who's around the same age ?

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Mine too

  • Renee26

    RIP little sad

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My condolences to the family

  • Yardgirl

    This is the first thing I read coming out of a stressful workshop and I am so freaking sad right now. I cannot handle hearing about children dying, so heartbreaking!! RIP little man!! :-(

  • gro$$

    RIP hes now an angel in heaven. hope Bryans family prays and heals soon.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Someone stole his idea, never gave him credit or compensation for a very successful show and now his son dies.

    The saying goes "God doesnt put more on you then you can bare" but I swear life surely will.

    R.I.P young man and may this family find some form of peace and strength as time goes on.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder if he won his lawsuit for Blackish... I thought Idlewild was a great movie; I doubt that it was poorly received... There is nothing worse than losing a child. Only time will ease the pain...

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    This is too sad. I will be praying for him and his family. RIP to this little one.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    It is difficult whenever you lose a child. I'm praying for this man and his family. If he was sick then maybe he had a little more time to emotionally and mentally prepare for it, if not it's even a more bitter pill to swallow.

  • RIH Bryan

    That was too sad for me to watch. RIH Bryan.

  • MistaO

    Deepest condolences to the family.

    Sandra, thank you for bringing this news so the family can be lifted up the prayer, as I've not seen this reported elsewhere.

  • the guest

    This is heartbreaking news. Sending my most heartfelt condolences to the Barber Family on the loss of their beautiful baby boy. My goodness was he a beautiful child!

    I am saddened to hear of how Black-ish wronged him. Now I have to rethink watching one of my favorite shows. I will not support anyone stealing from and discrediting black artists.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    So sad, My deepest heartfelt condolences to Bryan and his family.

  • Lady_Elle

    I loved Idlewild! I thought it was a really good movie! I can't imagine the pain of losing a child.

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  • Lady_Elle

    My sincere condolences to the family & friends of Bryan Barber.
    So incredibly sad. :-(

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I cannot find anything on the net. Looks like Sandy is the first to report this.

  • Nina Ross

    What happened? Was he sick?? RIP

  • teather

    Tragic, RIParadise Young Prince

  • Trace da Ace

    RIP little baby.

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  • Applebootay

    Why all this other shat about his Fing law suit and shat!!?? I want to hear more about his son and why he died. You could have missed us with all that other shat and just focused on the loss of his son...the family...etc...sometimes....nevermind

  • Liah

    RIP LIL MAN....

  • bemetoo

    ????? sandy how did the little one die???

  • RIP

    There is NOTHING in his life is going to EVER HURT like the day he lost his son, NOTHING!!


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  • Applebootay

    The artist that allegedly stole the idea is black too a man named Kenya Barris. They were college roomates when idea originated.

  • Jussjess25

    Awww so sad rip

  • Maxima

    RIP, unbelievably sad.

  • Monday

    Was he sick??

  • Diva4lyfe

    May God keep his angels around this man and his family omg words can not express the hurt I feel in for him. May he receive comfort in knowing that God does not make mistakes and he loves each and everyone. RIH lil man

  • nikto

    What was the cause of death?