Yesterday (May 9), Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, also known as the other half of Rob Dyrdek’s Rob & Big, died of a heart attack. He was 45.

Boykin was best known as Dyrdek’s best friend/bodyguard on the hit MTV reality show, which ran from 2006 to 2008. Since news of his death was reported, fans and celebrities have expressed their sadness at his sudden passing, including Dyrdek's receptionist-turned-rapper Chanel West Coast, Juicy J, Angel Haze and more. Dyrdek expressed his shock at his longtime friend's death in an emotional Twitter post.

"My heart is broken. I don't want write this post. I don't want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you," Dyrdek wrote. "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."

Take a look at how celebrities remembered Big Black.

 

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