Who was Paul Mooney and how did he die?

COMEDIAN Paul Mooney tragically passed away in his Oakland, California home on Wednesday, May 19.

Mooney was best known for his work as Negrodamus in Dave Chappelle's Chappelle's Show.

Who was Paul Mooney?

Paul Gladney, better known by his stage name Paul Mooney, was an American comedian, writer, television and film actor.

Mooney was best known as a writer for comedian Richard Pryor, playing singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Store and Junebug in Bamboozled.

The comedian was better known as the Godfather of Comedy.

Mooney began his comedy career as a ringmaster with the Gatti-Charles Circus.

During his stint as ringmaster, he always found himself writing comedy and telling jokes, which later helped Mooney land his first professional work as a writer for Pryor.

Mooney wrote some of Pryor's routines for his appearance on Saturday Night Live.

In 2007, Mooney released his first book, a memoir titled Black Is the New White.

How did he die?

During the early morning hours of May 19, Mooney died after suffering a "sudden heart attack," The Sun can exclusively confirm.

The Sun can confirm that Mooney passed away at 5:30am PDT on May 19, in his Oakland home.

His representative, Cassandra Williams, confirmed the news, saying: "It just happened.”

She confirmed the comedian had no prior health issues, which made his death even more shocking.

She added: "He was with family. It was in his home."

His Twitter account seemingly confirmed the news as well, tweeting: "Thank you all from the bottom of all of our hearts …you’re all are the best!…… Mooney World .. The Godfather of Comedy.

"ONE MOON MANY STARS! .. To all in love with this great man.. many thanks."

The news was also confirmed by his cousin, Rudy, who told the host of Roland Martin Unfiltered: "Comedic legend Paul Mooney has passed away.

"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."

What are people on Twitter saying about his death?

The tributes began to pour on social media, with Comedy Central tweeting: "He was brutally funny and brutally honest. Thank you, Paul Mooney."

Funch, the host of Chopped 420, wrote: "RIP to the legend 'miss thang' Paul Mooney.

"I learned so much from you it was a weird but wonderful experience to meet you."

A third person chimed in saying, "ROCK IN POWER TO PAUL MOONEY. #LEGEND #ICON #LUMINARY"

A fourth fan tweeted, "RIP Paul Mooney – a well deserved rest for an amazing life."

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