Paul Mooney, Legendary Comedian and Activist, Has Died.
Paul Mooney, the legendary comedian and activist, has died. Reports say that the 79-year-old comedy giant passed away this morning at 5:30am after suffering a heart attack in his California home.
Born Paul Gladney, Mooney was born in 1941 in Shreveport, Louisiana. After discovering he had a knack for comedy and writing, Moody moved to Hollywood where he would flourish as a writer for such classic TV programs as Sanford and Son and Good Times. Mooney also wrote a number of routines Pryor performed for his iconic albums, including Live on the Sunset Strip and Is It Something I Said. Mooney was also the headed writer on the short-living, fan-favorite, Richard Pryor Show.
Mooney did amazing work with Pryor but is known to the younger generations for his work on Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central Show "Chappelle Show".
Mooney is survived by his four children.
An official statement from his family is forthcoming.