Ricarlo Flanagan, comedian, actor and rapper known for his appearances in the television series “Last Comic Standing” and “Shameless”, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 41 years old.
He contracted Covid-19 a few weeks ago, said his representative, Stu Golfman, who could not confirm that the disease was the cause of Mr. Flanagan’s death.
On October 1, Mr. Flanagan declared the Twitter that “this Covid is no joke. I don’t wish that on anyone.
In “Last Comic Standing,” Norm Macdonald, a recently deceased comedian and show judge, said Mr. Flanagan was his favorite comic in the competition.
“I was stunned,” said Mr. Flanagan say later on the exchange.
After his run on “Last Comic Standing,” he appeared on several TV shows, including “Insecure” and “Shameless,” the Showtime series that featured him in a four-episode arc, according to his IMDb page.
He discovered his love of stand-up after taking a comedy class he saw advertised on a flyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to a statement from his rep.
“After the first class, he got hooked and never stopped going on stage,” the statement said.
He had moved to Michigan after graduating from college in 2007, but his acting skills quickly brought him to Los Angeles, his rep said.
Mr. Flanagan also dabbled in rap, Tweeter recently that he had almost finished an album. In a song called “Revolution” which he released last year, he lamented police brutality and said: “We must mobilize”.
“I’m tired of seeing my brother on the ground, his face glued to the ground,” he rapped.
Ricarlo Erik Flanagan was born March 23, 1980 in Cleveland, according to a death announcement. He is survived by his mother, Katrina McLeod, his father, Keith Flanagan, and his grandmother, as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins.