Paul Mooney — the longtime comic, author and actor recognized greatest for his work with Richard Pryor — has died from a coronary heart assault … TMZ has discovered.
In accordance with his household … Mooney died Wednesday morning at his residence in Oakland. We’re advised the paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive him after he suffered a coronary heart assault.
Paul, who’s been out of the general public eye for a number of years, had additionally reportedly been affected by dementia for a while and was staying with a member of the family.
Although born in Louisiana, Mooney moved to Oakland and grew up there, and received his begin in leisure as a circus ringmaster … which led to a ardour for telling and writing jokes.
This led to his first skilled gig in present enterprise as a author for Pryor, and the two would keep a working relationship for years to come back … with Paul contributing to Richard’s legendary stand-up performances corresponding to ‘Stay on the Sundown Strip.’
Mooney was additionally the pinnacle author on “The Richard Pryor Present” and wrote a number of episodes of “Pryor’s Place.” His different notable writing credit embrace “Sanford and Son,” “In Dwelling Shade” and “Chappelle’s Present.”
As an actor, Paul’s greatest recognized for taking part in Sam Cooke within the 1978 movie, “The Buddy Holly Story,” and for his position as Junebug in Spike Lee‘s “Bamboozled” … together with common appearances on “Chappelle’s Present.”