Midwin Charles: Joy Reid, Wajahat Ali and more pay tribute to legal analyst, call her 'force of a woman'

Journalists took to social media to share tributes, with Joy Reid calling her a 'brilliant spirit and beautiful soul'

                            Midwin Charles: Joy Reid, Wajahat Ali and more pay tribute to legal analyst, call her 'force of a woman'
Wajahat Ali (Getty Images), Midwin Charles (Instagram) and Joy Reid (Getty Images)

Journalists across the nation have taken to social media to mourn Midwin Charles. The iconic MSNBC and CNN legal analyst passed away earlier on April 6, with the cause of her death still unknown. Since the announcement was made by her family on Twitter, journalists from across the spectrum have taken to the micro-blogging site to praise the late TV legal analyst.

A highly reputed lawyer, Charles turned into a legal analyst for various TV networks. She has also written for the Huffington Post. Beyond her legal work, Charles was known as a social activist who worked with multiple community groups. She left a huge impression on many others on and off-air, which is what many journalists are now highlighting. 


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Midwin Charles at her home (Instagram/Midwin Charles)

CNN commentator Keith Boykin tweeted, "I am stunned and saddened to learn the news about the loss of Midwin Charles. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. May she rest in power". MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid shared a photo with Charles and tweeted, "Midwin dear heart, you were a brilliant spirit and beautiful soul. You were such a blessing. I’m just stunned, and have been since I learned of this today. Blessings to your mom and family. To all, please live every moment like it’s your last, and OVER-appreciate your friends"





Frequent CNN contributor Roland Martin said, "I'm shocked and stunned to learn of the death today on legal analyst @MidwinCharles. Midwin was a brilliant sister. A top notch legal mind. And a sweet woman. We are all saddened by this news. She was just 47 years old."



Author and New York Times contributing writer Wajahat Ali tweeted, "This is very sad news. Rest in peace, Midwin. Prayers to her family." Academic and Al Jazeera host Marc Lamont Hill said "This is simply devastating. Midwin was such a wonderful, brilliant, kind, and beautiful soul. Our hearts are broken."





Bevy Smith, host at Page Six TV lamented, "Midwin was beautiful, bubbly, vibrant, wicked smart & loving. Midwin should be growing old, she should be 90 & wearing red lipstick & giving legal analysis to her grandkids. That won’t be happening & that makes me sad, but I won’t forget her, her memory will live on"



"I’m just so, so, so sad. Sending love and prayers to Midwin’s family. Midwin, you are loved" said NBC political analyst Elise Jordan. MSNBC Executive Producer Lauren Peikoff commented, "Absolutely crushing news. RIP to a force of a woman, Midwin Charles."




CBS correspondent Vladamir Duthiers called Charles 'my sister' in his tweet - "I am heartbroken learn about the passing of Midwin Charles. Rest in power my sister. I’ll miss your smile, brilliant legal mind and your friendship." Lawyer and legal analyst Exavier Pope also shared a photo with Charles and tweeted "Midwin, you were brilliant, fierce lawyer & analyst as well as a funny and warm soul. The law & legal analyst community will miss you as your family, friends and all the lives you touched. This is the last time we saw each other March 2019 doing @karenhuntershow @SXMUrbanView"





Emmy award-winning host Nischelle Turner posted "I’m just WOUNDED by this news! Rest in power and brilliance Midwin." Journalist and podcaster Gia Peppers shared a fond memory in her tweet: "One of the first women to watch my reel when I asked her to. One of the dopest minds on TV and she was just getting started. Dearest Midwin, may you rest in power and peace. Lifting the Charles family up in prayer."





MSNBC host Tiffany Cross tweeted, "This is devastating I’m so so sorry". Former Federal prosecutor and NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said, "I had the pleasure of appearing together with Midwin several times. Such a warm, wonderful person. So extraordinarily sad."





Tributes also poured in from other prominent Americans, including those in the legal community and businesses. 

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