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Paul Mooney dead after comic, 79, suffers ‘sudden heart attack’

Paul Mooney has sadly died at the age of 79 after suffering a sudden heart attack, his publicist has confirmed.

The actor, who was nicknamed the Godfather of Comedy, was best known as a writer for comedian Richard Pryor, playing singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978 and Junebug in Bamboozled in 2000, and his appearances on Chappelle's Show.

Mooney - whose real name was Paul Gladney - was at his home in Oakland, California with his family when he passed away.

He was pronounced dead at

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