2016 Continues To Be Cruel As Ricky Harris Is Announced Dead At 54
According to reports from producer and screenwriter DJ Pooh and Compton rapper B.G. Knocc Out, one of the baddest comedians to ever do it — Ricky Harris — has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 54. For those over the age of 25, Harris has been associated with some of the most historic moments in hip-hop. From his brief, yet notable appearance in John Singleton‘s Poetic Justice to his hilarious and racy rants as DJ Eaz-E-Dick from Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle + Tha Dogg Pound‘s Dogg Food records — Ricky Harris was always on point, in the mode and on the groove to say the least.
One of my personal favorite roles of his was as the club owner, TaaDow (:: bling ::), from Snoop’s “Doggy Dogg World,” which also featured The Fabulous Dramatics. Eventually, Harris would transition from movies into television, bringing his wit, timing and street charisma to roles such as The District, The Tracy Morgan Show, The Game, Everybody Hates Chris and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. No matter where he ventured in his business, Ricky Harris was about his people and wasn’t afraid to show love whenever spotted around in Los Angeles, New York or places in-between.
Rip Ricky Harris ? pic.twitter.com/yJGUDLQHXY
— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) December 26, 2016
A true Long Beach original, friends and family alike are beginning to offer their condolences online. Comedian Billy D. Washington said, “Rest in peace, Ricky Harris. My friend, my first live comedy influence. You will be missed.” Daz Dillinger, Lloyd Banks, Loni Love, Kid Capri and the aforementioned DJ Pooh (who you can see above) have all offered their brief, yet sentimental thoughts on the late comedian.
You should do the same by watching his appearances on Def Comedy Jam or checking for his most notable roles and press play. From me to him, since he was one of my favorite laugh-men, I’m going to leave you with a rundown of some of his best WBALLZ skits. Enjoy and pour out some liq for the man.