Actor, comedian and rapper Ricarlo Flanagan has died aged 40. The news was confirmed by Flanagan’s agent Stu Golfman of KMR Talent on 12 October 2021. In light of the news that Ricarlo’s death resulted from covid-19 complications, fans have wondered whether Ricarlo Flanagan was vaccinated against the virus.
Who was Ricarlo Flanagan?
Ricarlo Flanagan was a 40-year-old actor from Cleveland, Ohio. He was based in California at the time of his death.
A popular comedian in the Californian stand-up circuit, Ricarlo made it as a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing season 9. He even won praise from comedy icon Norm MacDonald for his set.
After his success in the NBC comedy competition, Ricarlo landed several jobs acting.
Ricarlo secured a recurring role in the eight season of Shameless, for which he is best known. He starred as Davey in four episodes from season 8: the first, second, third, and sixth. Ricarlo also landed roles in HBO’s Insecure, Mad About You, and Room 104.
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News of comedian’s death announced
Ricarlo Flanagan publicly spoke about contracting covid-19. On 1 October 2021, Ricarlo tweeted: “This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody.”
When met with scepticism over the virus, Ricarlo replied: “Yeah tell Kyrie to take some of this chest pain and see how he feels.”
On 12 October 2021, Ricarlo’s agent confirmed his passing to Deadline. Stu Golfman said of the comedian: “Ricarlo was one of the nicest people i have ever met in my life and a joy to work for. He will be missed dearly.”
Flanagan’s family set up a GoFundMe the same day, raising funds to ‘help get Ricarlo Flanagan home’. As of publication date, they have raised over $18,500 for the Flanagans.
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Fans wonder if Ricarlo Flanagan was vaccinated
Some have wondered whether Ricarlo Flanagan was vaccinated against covid-19 before contracting the virus. One fan alleges that the Shameless actor and comedian was vaccinated, although it is unconfirmed where this information has come from.
Ricarlo’s social media shows that he was incredibly covid-19 secure. He posted multiple Instagram pictures where he can be seen wearing masks.
In one post, Ricarlo advises his fans to “stay home.”
Back in August 2021, Ricarlo Flanagan went on a trip to Disneyland in California. Under current guidelines you either need to be fully vaccinated or have received a negative covid-19 test prior to entering the theme park, per the State of California guidelines. While you do not need to show proof of vaccination to get into the park, you need to comply with their covid-19 regulations.
Considering Ricarlo’s careful covid-19 approach, it could be, then, that he was vaccinated. This has not been confirmed by his family or Stu Golfman.
We send our condolences to Ricarlo Flanagan’s family and friends at this difficult time.