“Big Black” of Rob & Big Dead at 45
E News has confirmed that Rob & Big star Christopher “Big Black” Boykin has passed away at the age of 45 on Tuesday morning. Boykin’s rep confirmed to E! News that he suffered a heart attack. Boykin had been battling heart issues for years and had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.
MTV released a statement about his death shortly after.
“MTV is deeply saddened to learn the news of Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin’s passing,” the network tells E! News in a statement. “He was a long-time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.”
Big Black is most widely known as best friend/bodyguard to professional skateboarder, Rob Dyrdek on MTV’s hit show, Rob & Big. The reality series ran for three seasons from 2006-2008 and followed around the pair as they hatched zany plans like breaking world records and teaching Dyrdek’s dog Meaty to skateboard.
Dyrdek took to social media to air his grief, saying, “My heart is broken. I don’t want to write this post. I don’t want to believe that this is reality. I’m so thankful for you. We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected, unforgettable adventure. I just can’t fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart.
Boykin’s ex-wife, Shannon Turley, 39, also made a statement, letting the public know on Twitter that she and the former couple’s 9-year-old daughter, Isis, are devastated by his death
“This is Shannon, Big Black’s ex-wife, I’m heartbroken to tell you of Black’s passing,” Shannon wrote on his official Twitter page. “He’s everything to me and Isis and we will miss him.”
Boykin is a proud dad and shared a photo of Isis on his social media back in August with a caption that read, “3rd Grade Ice you growing too fast.
Before MTV, Boykin was a former U.S. Navy serviceman. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Rest in peace.