Reality Star Christopher Boykin Dies
Reality TV star Christopher Boykin has died, aged 45. The TV personality, who was also known by the nickname Big Black, passed away on Tuesday, his management confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. His cause of death has not been announced.
Christopher Boykin was best known for starring as the bodyguard and best friend of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on MTV reality series Rob & Big, which ran from 2006 to 2008. The towering star, who was six foot six inches tall, also made appearances on Dyrdek’s other shows Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness, in videos games Skate and Skate 2, and started his own clothing line Big Black (Do Work).
“My heart is broken. I don’t want to write this post. I don’t want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you,” Dyrdek wrote on Twitter besides an image of the duo. “We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can’t fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart.”
He also shared a picture of Christopher Boykin with his child and added, “I am so thankful for this moment… thank you for being an amazing human being and brother.”
A spokesman for MTV said they were “deeply saddened” to learn of his death and continued, “He was a long time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time.”
Boykin is survived by his nine-year-old daughter, Isis.