Ricarlo Flanagan, Comedian Who Contracted Covid, Dies at 41

The comedian, actor and rapper, best known for appearances on “Last Comic Standing” and “Shameless,” died in Los Angeles on Saturday, his representative said.,


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Ricarlo Flanagan, a comedian who contracted Covid, dies at 41.

Ricarlo Flanagan.Credit…Ben Cohen/NBCUniversal, via Getty Images

Published Oct. 13, 2021Updated Oct. 14, 2021, 3:33 a.m. ET

Ricarlo Flanagan, a comedian, actor and rapper best known for his appearances on TV’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Shameless,” died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 41.

He contracted Covid-19 a few weeks ago, said his representative, Stu Golfman, who could not confirm the disease was the cause of Mr. Flanagan’s death.

On Oct. 1, Mr. Flanagan said on Twitter that “this Covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.”

On “Last Comic Standing,” Norm Macdonald, a comedian and a judge on the show who died recently, said Mr. Flanagan was his favorite comic in the competition.

“I was stunned,” Mr. Flanagan would later say about the exchange.

After his run on “Last Comic Standing,” he appeared on several TV shows, including “Insecure” and “Shameless,” the Showtime series that featured him in a four-episode arc, according to his IMDb page.

He discovered his love of stand-up after he took a comedy class that he saw advertised on a flyer in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to a statement from his representative.

“After the first class, he was hooked and never stopped getting on stage,” the statement said.

He had moved to Michigan after graduating from college in 2007, but his comedic talents soon brought him to Los Angeles, his representative said.

Mr. Flanagan also dabbled in rap, tweeting recently that he had almost finished an album. In a song called “Revolution” that he released last year, he lamented police brutality and said, “We got to mobilize.”

“I’m tired of seeing my brother on the ground with his face pinned down,” he rapped.

Ricarlo Erik Flanagan was born on March 23, 1980, in Cleveland, according to a death announcement. He is survived by his mother, Katrina McLeod, his father, Keith Flanagan, and his grandmother, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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