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Ricky Harris (1962 - 2016)

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Ricky Harris (1962 - 2016)

Ricky Harris, an actor, comedian, and producer who played the recurring character Malvo on the Chris Rock-based sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," died Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 54.

Harris performed comedy routines on "Def Comedy Jam." He also did skits on albums by his childhood friend, Snoop Dogg. They grew up in Long Beach, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.

On TV, Harris played roles on "Moesha," "The People v. O.J. Simpson," "The Tracy Morgan Show," "Everybody Hates Chris," and "American Crime Story."

He appeared in films including "Poetic Justice," Michael Mann's "Heat," and "Dope."

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Many friends of Harris took to social media to express their condolences.

"He was a real dear friend of mine," said Snoop Dogg in a video posted on Instagram. "Ricky Harris, rest in peace. Long Beach original."

Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, asked his followers to say prayers "for my big brother" and "Long Beach finest."

The musician Questlove also posted an Instagram message, saying Harris "showed us so much love."

Questlove noted the 2016 deaths of a wealth of actors, musicians, and other entertainers.

"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." 

Harris, who was born in 1962, is survived by two daughters and his mother.

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