Ricky Harris (left) as Taadow and Snoop Dogg in the music video “Doggy Dogg World.”
The Long Beach, California native was known as a performer on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and his hilarious skits on Snoop Dogg songs. In particular his bit as Taadow on the song “Doggy Dogg World.” He’s prominently featured in the music video.
A visibly upset Snoop paid tribute to Harris in a heartfelt Instagram video.
“Well y’all … I lost one one of my dear friends today, Ricky Harris,” Snoop says in the clip. “A lot of y’all may know him as a comedian, but he was a real dear friend of mine. Ricky Harris, rest in peace … Long Beach original.”
Many may remember Harris for his role in the television series “Everybody Hates Chris.” Other acting credits include “Poetic Justice,” “Heat,” “Dope,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Moesha,” “Poetic Justice” and more.
Many of his fellow artists were hit hard upon learning of his death.
Cedric the Entertainer tweeted that he was “devastated.”
Ice Cube wrote, “The world is a little less funny today.”
“Man. Taadow himself man. Dog our FIRST LA show in 94. Ricky Harris showed us so much love man. 2016 man keeps taking and taking and taking. I’m not joking at all when I wonder aloud about is this the rapture happening and maybe my life isn’t right and I’m stuck on earth w ol orange crush at the wheel. Do we have the strength to even…hang on? Cause who are we kidding is 2017 all that safe? Hold on be strong y’all. Seriously,” Questlove of The Roots captioned an Instagram photo.
Harris is survived by his mother, ex-wife and two daughters.
Rest in peace Ricky Harris.