BREAKING: Paul Mooney, Legendary Comedian, Writer, Dies at 79. RIP

Paul Mooney, RIP. Photo: Timothy M. Moore at

Paul Mooney, the comedian, actor and writer for Richard Pryor, died on Wednesday morning, his representative Cassandra Williams confirmed to VarietyHe was 79.

He died at his home in Oakland, Calif., after suffering a heart attack.

Mooney’s Twitter account also shared the news on Wednesday morning, posting “Thank you all from the bottom of all of our hearts…To all in love with this great man.”

Mooney served as the head writer on “The Richard Pryor Show.” He also wrote for “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “In Living Color,” “Pryor’s Place,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Chappelle’s Show” and BET’s reality TV parody show “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”