‘Last Comic Standing’ Star and ‘Shameless’ Actor Ricarlo Flanagan Dies at 40
Comedian and actor Ricarlo Flanagan, who was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing, has passed away following COVID complications. He was 40.
A representative of Flanagan confirmed the death to Variety, saying, “Sadly this pandemic has taken the life of an extremely talented performer and even nicer human being. Ricarlo will be greatly missed.”
Earlier this month, Flanagan revealed on Twitter that he had contracted COVID-19, writing, “This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.” In response to someone mentioning how NBA star Kyrie Irving said to “do your own research” into the vaccine, Flanagan said, “Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels.”
This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.
— Ricarlo Flanagan (@FatherFlanagn) October 1, 2021
Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels
— Ricarlo Flanagan (@FatherFlanagn) October 2, 2021
Following the passing, a GoFundMe campaign was created to help support Flanagan’s family. “The news of a loved one’s death is never something easy to hear, let alone if you are far away from the individual,” reads the GoFundMe post. “Our dear friend has suddenly passed away and sadly was far from his family.”
The post continues: “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.”
Flanagan released his first comedy album, Man Law, in 2013 and went on to compete on the ninth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2015, where he made the semi-finals. He also had several acting roles, appearing in a recurring role in Showtime’s Shameless and the Disney+ series Walk the Prank. He was set to make his movie debut in Aubrey Plaza‘s upcoming feature Emily the Criminal.
In addition to his acting and comedy career, Flanagan was also a rapper under the name of Father Flanagan. His fourth album, Both Sides of the Brain, was scheduled for release this week.
“I just heard that Ricarlo Flanagan has passed. I don’t know details yet. Other than he was one of the funniest, kindest people I knew in this business,” tweeted comedian Steve Hofstetter. “I worked with him on so many things, hung with him so many times, and I will miss him so much. Just f***ing wrecked right now.”
“My heart is broken. I’ve known @FatherFlanagn for 10 years, from Ohio, he moved to LA after I did and was well on his way. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met and incredibly talented. I wish I could call you,” wrote comedian Matt Rife.
“I just realized I haven’t gone to sleep since I found out Ricarlo Flanagan died,” said comedian and writer Ed Greer. “His family has a Go Fund Me for final expenses. He was truly kind, & smart. A talented musician, actor, & comedian. A supernova sized bright spot is gone.”
Check out more tributes to Flanagan below.
I just heard that Ricarlo Flanagan has passed. I don’t know details yet. Other than he was one of the funniest, kindest people I knew in this business. I worked with him on so many things, hung with him so many times, and I will miss him so much.
Just fucking wrecked right now.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) October 12, 2021
My heart is broken💔
I’ve known @FatherFlanagn for 10 years, from Ohio, he moved to LA after i did and was well on his way. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met and incredibly talented. I wish i could call you😞
I’m asking y’all PLEASE help his familyhttps://t.co/OltET2nJD1
— Matt Rife (@mattrife) October 12, 2021
I just realized I haven’t gone to sleep since I found out Ricarlo Flanagan died. His family has a Go Fund Me for final expenses. He was truly kind, & smart. A talented musician, actor, & comedian. A supernova sized bright spot is gone Please donate. https://t.co/L37yUAK7Ep
— Ed Greer (@EdGreerDestroys) October 13, 2021
Ricarlo Flanagan was super funny and really nice and always good to see anywhere. Awful that won’t happen again. Go listen to all his stuff.
— Kevin McCaffrey (@KevinMcCaff) October 11, 2021
The comedy community just lost another good one. And I lost another friend. To COVID. Because of … what? This was the last thing Ricarlo Flanagan tweeted. Get your shit together. https://t.co/G5yChIMC3Z https://t.co/n2St14ThLg
— Thom Tran (@_thomtran) October 12, 2021
We lost an amazingly talented comedian and overall artist today and I think a lot of us are still processing this loss, but we also want to help. If you can please share or donate to Ricarlo Flanagan’s GoFundMe page to help with his arrangements. ❤️https://t.co/qVhegxa8R5
— Jen Saunderson (@JenSaunderson) October 12, 2021
Ricarlo was one of the first comedians I ever met when I started comedy in Michigan and was far nicer than anyone needed to be to a dumb college kid trying to figure out how to do stand-up. Comedy’s worse today for the loss https://t.co/YweBrTMslC
— eli yudin (@eliyudin) October 12, 2021
The comedy world just lost a great man. @FatherFlanagn was never not funny. He was never not kind. He’ll be missed. Give what you can so we can help get him home. Rest easy, Ricarlo. You’ll be missed. Losing people is the worst. https://t.co/XNTMLav5a9
— Dave Yates (@YatesComedy) October 12, 2021
Yo Ricarlo was a hilarious dude & a awesome man. Its hella sad how much lost is going on in the world. Please donate to Ricarlo’s gofundme and share the link. Much love, stay safe. -Greg
Help get Ricarlo Flanagan home https://t.co/P2oLETrUly
— Greg Edwards (@GregtheGrouch) October 12, 2021