Actor and comedian Ricky Harris died on December 26, the Associated Press reports. He was 54. Harris's manager, Cindy Ambers, told the Los Angeles Times that while the cause of death was not immediately known, Harris suffered a heart attack in 2014.
Harris began his career as a comedian in the '90s on HBO's Def Comedy Jam. He later ventured into movies with roles in Michael Mann's Heat and alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in Poetic Justice. He was also a veteran TV star with parts in Moesha, and Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris. More recently Harris appeared in 2015 film Dope as well as a small part in this year's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
As well as acting, Harris is also recognized for his appearances on various hip-hop skits. A childhood friend of Snoop Dogg, he was the voice of characters DJ EZ Dicc, TaaDow, and Saul-T-Nutz on Snoop's albums and those of Tha Dogg Pound.
“C u when I get there like we used to do in church on the east side,” Snoop Dogg wrote on Instagram. “Tell Nate [Dogg] to hold my note.”
Read more celebrity tributes to Harris below.
Damn, we lost Ricky Harris. The world is a little less funny today. RIP homie. pic.twitter.com/5AalZndlx2— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 27, 2016
Man. Taadow himself man. Dog our FIRST LA show in 94. Ricky Harris showed us so much love man. 2016 man keeps taking and taking and taking. I'm not joking at all when I wonder aloud about is this the rapture happening and maybe my life isn't right and I'm stuck on earth w ol orange crush at the wheel. Do we have the strength to even...hang on? Cause who are we kidding is 2017 all that safe? Hold on be strong y'all. Seriously. #RickyHarris #Taadow