Ricarlo Flanagan, Comedian Who Contracted Covid, Dies at 41

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U.S.|Ricarlo Flanagan, a comedian who contracted Covid, dies astatine 41.


Ricarlo Flanagan.
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  • Published Oct. 13, 2021Updated Oct. 14, 2021, 3:33 a.m. ET

Ricarlo Flanagan, a comedian, histrion and rapper champion known for his appearances connected TV’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Shameless,” died connected Saturday successful Los Angeles. He was 41.

He contracted Covid-19 a fewer weeks ago, said his representative, Stu Golfman, who could not corroborate the illness was the origin of Mr. Flanagan’s death.

On Oct. 1, Mr. Flanagan said connected Twitter that “this Covid is nary joke. I don’t privation this connected anybody.”

On “Last Comic Standing,” Norm Macdonald, a comedian and a justice connected the amusement who died recently, said Mr. Flanagan was his favourite comic successful the competition.

“I was stunned,” Mr. Flanagan would later say astir the exchange.

After his tally connected “Last Comic Standing,” helium appeared connected respective TV shows, including “Insecure” and “Shameless,” the Showtime bid that featured him successful a four-episode arc, according to his IMDb page.

He discovered his emotion of stand-up aft helium took a drama people that helium saw advertised connected a flyer successful Ann Arbor, Mich., according to a connection from his representative.

“After the archetypal class, helium was hooked and ne'er stopped getting connected stage,” the connection said.

He had moved to Michigan aft graduating from assemblage successful 2007, but his comedic talents soon brought him to Los Angeles, his typical said.

Mr. Flanagan besides dabbled successful rap, tweeting precocious that helium had astir finished an album. In a opus called “Revolution” that helium released past year, helium lamented constabulary brutality and said, “We got to mobilize.”

“I’m bushed of seeing my member connected the crushed with his look pinned down,” helium rapped.

Ricarlo Erik Flanagan was calved connected March 23, 1980, successful Cleveland, according to a death announcement. He is survived by his mother, Katrina McLeod, his father, Keith Flanagan, and his grandmother, on with respective aunts, uncles and cousins.

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