TV star dies aged 41 as tragic cause of death confirmed

Shameless and Last Comic Standing star Ricarlo Flanagan has died aged 41, weeks after contracting Covid-19.

The comedian died over the weekend, his agent Stu Golfman of KMR Talent confirmed.

Golfman said in a statement: ‘Ricarlo was truly one of the nicest people on the planet, a wonderful performer and we are heartbroken by the news of his passing.’

Flanagan had contracted Covid-19 in late September, and had complained of chest pains while discussing the virus on October 1.

He tweeted: ‘This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.’

In the replies, Flanagan referenced NBA star Kyrie Irving, who refuses to get vaccinated, and said: ‘Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels.’

Flanagan began to pursue a career in stand-up after taking a local class in 2007, and in 2015, he became a semifinalist on season nine of Last Comic Standing.

An acting career followed, with Flanagan landing roles in shows including The Mick, The Carmichael Show, Insecure, The Neighborhood and Kidding.

He is probably best known for his recurring role as Davey on the Showtime series Shameless.