american comedian paul mooney dies at age 79

 Paul Mooney [photo courtesy]>

Paul Mooney [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa May 20, 2021

American longtime comedian, writer and actor Paul Mooney known best for his work with Richard Pryor, died from a heart attack.

Paul, who's been out of the public eye for a few years, had also reportedly been suffering from dementia for some time and was staying with a family member.

According to his family, Mooney died Wednesday morning at his home in Oakland. The paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him after he suffered a heart attack.

As an actor, Paul's best known for playing Sam Cooke in the 1978 film, "The Buddy Holly Story," and for his role as Junebug in Spike Lee's "Bamboozled"... along with regular appearances on "Chappelle's Show."

Mooney was also the head writer on "The Richard Pryor Show" and wrote a few episodes of "Pryor's Place." His other notable writing credits include "Sanford and Son," "In Living Color" and "Chappelle's Show."