Christopher Boykin, the best friend of Rob Dyrdek and co-star of the former hit MTV reality series Rob & Big, died on Tuesday from unknown causes.
He was 45 years old.
According to Boykin’s representative, per TMZ, no official cause has been determined, but those close to “Big Black” think they know.
They believe the reality star he passed away from a heart attack.
The program chronicled the life and friendship of the professional skateboarder and his close pal, who also served as his bodyguard.
On the show, Boykin and Dyrdek lived together in the Hollywood Hills.
There, the hilarious tandem hatched one crazy plan after another.
For example, one week they decided to teach Meaty the Bulldog how to skateboard. Comedic shenanigans ensued.
The very next week, they purchased a miniature horse that they planned to keep in their backyard. Cue more antics.
The series was chock full of practical jokes and humorous stunts, but it was mostly highlighted by its two stars' interaction.
The way in which Rob and Big - who possessed contrasting personalities - played off of one another endeared them to fans.
It was sort of like a version of classic sitcom The Odd Couple ... only on MTV and odd may have been an understatement.
At one point, Boykin and Dyrdek's friendship grew a bit strained, but they made up enough to appear together on the show Fantasy Factory.
In a March 2016 interview, Dyrdek opened up about his fall out with Boykin, saying at the time:
“He didn’t want to be known for [being] the side kick. So that created a lot of that tension between me and him.”
Just six weeks ago, in fact, Dyrdek shared the above throwback photo of himself and his now-late friend.
The Mississippi native, who stood 6'6" and weighed 375 pounds, was recently in Los Angeles and reflected on his Rob & Black days.
He did so via a heartwarming tribute shared to Instagram just over a month ago.
He wrote the following as a caption to a photo of his and Dyrdek's movie reel placard.
"Whenever I have dinner at Lemonade in Studio City, I always cross the street to a look at one of my accomplishments, 'the Ventura Blvd walk of fame.'"
"Not bad for a fat black kid from Wiggins Ms....#godisgood #allthetime."
Prior to becoming and unexpected reality star, Boykin served in the United States Navy.
He is survived by a nine-year old daughter.
Upon learning of this sad news, rapper Chanel West Coast Tweeted the following message:
RIP @BigBlack. My heart is crushed.
I'll remember all the times you made me laugh and my prayers go out to your family.
Along with Rob & Big and Fantasy Factory, Boykin appeared on three episodes of Dyrdek's other show Ridiculousness.
He could also bee seen on MTV Guy Code and MTV Snack Off at various points during those shows' respective runs.
Basically, he was a network staple - and fan favorite.
We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones in what must be an incredibly difficult time.
And we also send our condolences to the family members, friends and loved ones of all these reality stars who have left us.
Gone but not forgotten, all, like Boykin, were bright stars in their own right, extinguished far before their time should've come.