Ricarlo Flanagan, a comedian, actor and rapper best known for his appearances on the TV shows Last Comic Standing and Shameless, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 41.
He contracted Covid-19 a few weeks ago, said his representative, Stu Golfman, who could not confirm the illness was the cause of Mr Flanagan’s death.
On October 1, Mr Flanagan further said: Twitter that “this Covid is no joke. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”
On “Last Comic Standing,” Norm Macdonald, a comedian and judge on the show who died recently, said that Mr. Flanagan was his favorite strip in the competition.
“I was stunned,” Mr Flanagan would say say later about 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 for stand-up after attending a comedy class he saw advertised on a flyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to a statement from his representative.
“After the first class, he was hooked and remained on stage,” the statement said.
He had moved to Michigan after graduating from college in 2007, but his comedic talents soon took him to Los Angeles, his rep said.
mr. Flanagan also did rap, tweet recently that he was almost done with an album. In a song called “Revolution” he released last year, he complained about police brutality, saying, “We need to mobilize.”
“I’m tired of seeing my brother lying on the floor with his face down,” he patted.
Ricarlo Erik Flanagan was born on March 23, 1980 in Cleveland, according to an obituary. He is survived by his mother, Katrina McLeod, his father, Keith Flanagan, and his grandmother, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.