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Shameless’s Ricarlo Flanagan died at 40 after contracting COVID

The world of comedy mourns the loss of a star.

Ricarlo Flanagan, actor, comedian and rapper, who was a semi-finalist on Last comic standing, died this weekend after contracting coronavirus, his agent confirmed in a statement to Variety. According to the media outlet, he was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Flanagan’s agent, Stu golfman of KMR Talent, said of the artist’s passing: “Sadly, this pandemic has claimed the lives of an extremely talented artist and an even more sympathetic human being. Ricarlo will be sadly missed.”

In 2013, Flanagan released his first comedy album, Human rights. Two years later, in 2015, he landed a spot as a semi-finalist on the NBC comedy show, Last comic standing. From there, the actor’s career grew with recurring roles on shows including Shameless and the Disney + show, Walking stuffing.

Flanagan has also had guest credits on countless other shows including The Mick, The Carmichael Show, Unsafe, The neighborhood, Crazy of you, Joke and Room 104. Just before his death, Flanagan also landed his first movie role in the thriller. Emilie the Criminal, alongside the actress Aubrey Square.