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Christopher “Big Black” Boykin Dead At 45

Arin Spits / May 12, 2017

You may recognize “Big Black” from MTV’s reality series Rob & Big alongside Rob Dyrdek that first aired on November 4, 2006, and ended on April 15, 2008, lasting a total of three seasons. The pair were reunited in the fourth season of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory in 2011 to 2015.

 

His real name was Christopher Boykin and he passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 45.

 

Upon learning the news, Dyrdek posted the following messages to Twitter:

 

 

After the initial shock, more news surrounding the star’s death has surfaced. Apparently Boykin’s heart was in terrible condition in the days leading up to his death. TMZ also stated that doctors even feared he might need a heart transplant. For three days, Boykin was fighting for his life in the hospital. He died from a combination of lung failure and heart problems.

 

His wife Shannon said that Christopher had heart issues for a while. He even had a defibrillator put in around 2007, right before the birth of his daughter, Isis Rea.

 

 

RIP Big Black

 

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