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Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin: Looking Back at the Late Rob & Big Star’s Life, from His Big Break to Fatherhood

10 May 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, who starred on MTV’s Rob & Big, died of a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 45.

Boykin starred opposite professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the reality series from 2006–08, which launched the 6 ft., 6 in. security guard into the world of entertainment television. Survived by his ex-wife Shannon and his 9-year-old daughter Isis Rae, here’s a look back at Boykin’s life over the years, both on and off screen.

Humble Beginnings

Boykin grew up in the small town of Wiggins, Mississippi. After graduation, he went on to work odd jobs, often juggling two or three at the same time. »

- Aurelie Corinthios

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Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, Star of MTV's Rob & Big, Dead at 45

9 May 2017 7:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, best known for starring as one half of MTV’s Rob & Big, died Tuesday morning at the age of 45, his reps confirm to TMZ. No official cause of death is known at this time.

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Boykin starred opposite skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in the reality series Rob & Big from 2006 to 2008; in addition to being Dyrdek’s best friend, Boykin also served as his bodyguard.

Following his time on Rob & Big, Boykin appeared on several other MTV shows, including Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness, Guy Code and Snack Off. »

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‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Pete Davidson Explains Why He’s ‘Kinda Been Missing’ From the Show

7 March 2017 8:12 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson revealed in an Instagram posted Monday night why he has “kinda been missing” from the NBC show.

“I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years,” he wrote. “It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man.”

Davidson joined the “SNL” cast in 2014 at the beginning of its 40th season when he was 20 years old, making him one of the youngest cast members to ever appear on the show. The comic posted two other photos Monday night — one with his girlfriend Cazzie David, daughter of Larry David; the other a screen shot from “Saturday Night Live” with some of his fellow cast members — in addition to the original announcing his sober status.

“Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got,” Davidson wrote. “We are a family and I appreciate all »

- Seth Kelley

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