Rob & stout Star Christopher ''stout Black'' Boykin Dead at 45 – eonline
Rob & stout star Christopher “stout Black” Boykin has passed absent, E! News can confirm.
TMZ, who was first to demolish the news, reports the MTV personality died Tuesday morning at the age of 45. No other information was readily available.
“MTV is deeply saddened to memorize the news of Christopher ‘stout 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 travel out to his family and friends at this time.”
stout Black rose to fame as professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek‘s bodyguard on the wildly well-liked series, which ran for three seasons from 2006-2008. Their onscreen antics, which included breaking multiple Guinness world records, captivated viewers and led to the spin-off series, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.
Co-star and fellow MTV fixture Chanel West Coast confirmed the news on Twitter: “RIP @BigBlack. My heart is crushed. I’ll remember entire the times you made me laugh and my prayers travel out to your family.”
Boykin would travel on to compose multiple appearance on Fantasy Factory as well as other MTV programs including Ridiculousness, Guy Code and Snack Off. He also launched a plus-sized clothing lines called stout Man Network and stout Dime Pieces.
The Mississippi native was recently in Los Angeles, and reflected on his Rob & Black days with a heartwarming tribute shared to Instagram just over a month ago. “Whenever I gain dinner at Lemonade in Studio City, I always cross the street to a peep at one of my accomplishments, ‘the Ventura Blvd walk of fame’ not horrible for a rotund black kid from Wiggins Ms….#godisgood #allthetime,” he captioned a photo of his and Dyrdek’s film reel placard.
Prior to his career in entertainment, stout Black served in the United States Navy.
Boykin is survived by his 9-year-extinct daughter, Isis Rea Boykin. Our thoughts travel out to his loved ones at this time.