Comedian & Actor Ricky Harris Has Passed Away At Age 54

Comedian, actor, and music personality Ricky Harris has died. Social media posts by DJ Pooh, Snoop Dogg, and Daz Dillinger confirmed Harris’ passing. Reportedly, the 54 year old died of a heart attack today (December 26).

Throughout the last 23 years, Harris established himself as an actor and comedian. He would be subsequently known for appearances in Poetic Justice, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, This Christmas, and other TV and film work. Notably, it was through Hip-Hop that Harris would be first embraced. On 1993’s Snoop Doggy Dogg album Doggystyle, Harris, a native of Long Beach, California, portrayed “DJ EZ Dicc,” “TaaDow,” and “Saul T. Nuttz.” The first, a fictional raunchy radio host worked at the WBALLZ 187.4 FM station that helped set the tone for Snoop and Tha Pound. Throughout the multi-platinum Death Row Records album, Harris’ vocal skits set up songs, most notably single, “Doggy Dogg World.” Harris would reprise the role almost two years later on Tha Dogg Pound’s double-platinum debut, Dogg Food. Between those appearances, Harris co-wrote (with Dr. Dre, Snoop, and Phillip Atwell) the Murder Was The Case mini-movie in 1994. He also played Ta-Dow and Snoop’s father in the straight-to-video film starring Charlie Murphy, John Witherspoon, and others.

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Harris worked with Snoop later on Bones and Boss’n Up. Balancing his acting, the big personality would build a name-brand stand-up comedy career, through Def Comedy Jam and other televised appearances.

Following his Death Row and Dogg Pound associations, Harris would maintain a busy and consistent Hollywood career.

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