The icon died Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. at his home in Oakland, California.

By PETER SBLENDORIO

The star – who is best known for his work opposite Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story – died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oakland, California.

‘Comedic legend Paul Mooney has passed away,’ journalist Roland Martin shared on Twitter. ‘His cousin Rudy Ealy just called me from Paul’s phone and said he passed away two hours ago after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oakland. He was 79.

The Buddy Holly Story actor Paul Mooney dies at 79: The comedian suffered a heart attack

He was best known for his work as Negrodamus in Chappelle’s Show. And he also stood out as Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story and as Junebug in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

Paul’s work with Chappelle was one of the highlights of his career: He stood out on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show for the sketches Ask a Black Dude and Mooney at the Movies.

Paul Mooney’s account confirmed the news of his deathCredit: Twitter
The tweet: ‘Comedic legend Paul Mooney has passed away,’ journalist Roland Martin shared on Twitter. ‘His cousin Rudy Ealy just called me from Paul’s phone and said he passed away two hours ago after suffering a heart attack at his home in Oakland. He was 79’

His role as Negrodamus, an African American version of Nostradamus, became iconic.  

Mooney released his memoir Black Is the New White in 2007.

His pal: Paul’s work with Chappelle was one of the highlights of his career: He stood out on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show for the sketches Ask a Black Dude and Mooney at the Movies. His role as Negrodamus, an African American version of Nostradamus, became iconic

Paul grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana but moved to Oakland at the age of seven. He was brought up by his grandmother Aimay Ealy.

Paul – whose real name was Paul Gladney – was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday.

His representative, Cassandra Williams, told The Sun: “It just happened.”

“He was with family in his home. It was very sudden”

The rep claimed paramedics attempted to revive the comedian after they arrived to the scene, but were unsuccessful.

She also insisted he had no known health issues before tragedy struck.

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