Comedian and Shameless star Ricarlo Flanagan dies aged 41 from Covid-19

Ricarlo Flanagan died over the weekend (Picture: Ben Cohen/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Shameless and Last Comic Standing star Ricarlo Flanagan has died aged 41, weeks after contracting Covid-19.

The comedian died over the weekend, his agent Stu Golfman of KMR Talent confirmed.

Golfman said in a statement: ‘Ricarlo was truly one of the nicest people on the planet, a wonderful performer and we are heartbroken by the news of his passing.’

Flanagan had contracted Covid-19 in late September, and had complained of chest pains while discussing the virus on October 1.

He tweeted: ‘This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.’

In the replies, Flanagan referenced NBA star Kyrie Irving, who refuses to get vaccinated, and said: ‘Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels.’

Flanagan began to pursue a career in stand-up after taking a local class in 2007, and in 2015, he became a semifinalist on season nine of Last Comic Standing.

An acting career followed, with Flanagan landing roles in shows including The Mick, The Carmichael Show, Insecure, The Neighborhood and Kidding. 

He is probably best known for his recurring role as Davey on the Showtime series Shameless.

Flanagan also starred on the Disney XD show Walk The Prank, and prior to his death, he landed his first film in the thriller Emily the Criminal alongside Aubrey Plaza. 

In addition to acting and comedy, Flanagan was also a rapper who performed under the name Father Flanagan, releasing his debut album Death of Davinchi in 2010.

Last month, he shared on Instagram that his fourth album, Both Sides Of The Brain, would be released on October 12. 

A GoFundMe has raised over $18,000 (£13,200) for Flanagan’s family and to transfer his body back to Cleveland, Ohio.

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The fundraiser reads: ‘Our dear friend has suddenly passed away and sadly was far from his family. Ricarlo Flanagan was a loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents. He brought laughter to every room he walked in.’

Colleagues and fans shared tributes on social media, with comedian Steve Hofstetter tweeting: ‘I just heard that Ricarlo Flanagan has passed. I don’t know details yet. Other than he was one of the funniest, kindest people I knew in this business. I worked with him on so many things, hung with him so many times, and I will miss him so much. Just f***ing wrecked right now.’


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