Actor and comedian Ricky Harris, perhaps best known for his skits on Snoop Dogg albums, has died. Harris was 54. His manager, Cindy Ambers confirmed. A cause of death has yet to be released.
A childhood friend of Snoop Dogg’s, Harris’ career first began to take off when he appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in the ’90s, and he landed his first movie gig in 1993’s Poetic Justice, starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.
Harris was also well-known for his role as Malvo in the Chris Rock series “Everybody Hates Chris,” as well as for his two-year stint on “Moesha.” He most recently appeared on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
He starred alongside Robert De Niro in 1995’s “Heat,” and recently appeared in 2015’s “Dope.” Harris also collaborated with his childhood friend Snoop Dogg and rappers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre on some of their albums.
“Lost one of my dear friends today–Ricky Harris,” Snoop Dogg said in a video posted to Instagram on Monday. “Lot of y’all may know him as the comedian, but he was a real dear friend of mine.”