How did Ricarlo Flanagan die? Comedian slams anti-vaxxer Kyrie Irving before death
Noted comedian and 'Shameless' actor Ricarlo Flanagan has tragically died at the age of 40 years. Flanagan was best recognized for his stint on Season 9 of 'Last Comic Standing', where he emerged as a finalist. Confirming the news of his untimely death, his agent Stu Golfman stated, "Ricarlo was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and a joy to work for. He will be missed dearly."
Ricarlo Flanagan participated in 'Last Comic Standing' in 2015, two years after the release of his debut comedy album 'Man Law'. He also had recurring roles as Davey on the hit Showtime show 'Shameless' as well as 'Walk the Prank' on Disney+. Flanagan once tried a career as a rapper, when he used the stage name, Father Flanagan. In fact, his fourth album 'Both Sides of The Brain', was released recently. He was also set to appear on 'Bust Down', a comedy series on Peacock, as well as in the movie 'Emily the Criminal', starring Theo Rossi and Aubrey Plaza.
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Following his tragic death, his family started a GoFundMe in his name for his funeral expenses. "Ricarlo Flanagan was a loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents. He brought laughter to every room he walked in. We would like to get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio, so his family can put him to rest. We ask that you please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers," described the GoFundMe page. The fundraiser received contributions worth $18,205 overnight, surpassing its initial goal of $10,000.
While the exact cause of Ricarlo Flanagan's death has not been revealed, it is believed that he died from COVID-19 complications. The comedian shared about his COVID diagnosis earlier in October 2021, adding that he had been experiencing some of the severe symptoms. He mentioned having unbearable chest pains as he tweeted, "This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody."
He also criticized NBA star Kyrie Irving for his anti-vaxxer stance and refusal to get the COVID jab. "Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels," Flanagan had tweeted prior to his death. Incidentally, Brooklyn Nets decided to bar Kyrie Irving from playing until he meets the mandatory vaccination criterion.