Who was Davey on Shameless? Cast mourn late actor Ricarlo Flanagan

Yasmine Leung October 13, 2021

Known for his role as Davey on Shameless, actor Ricarlo Flanagan has passed away aged 40. Remembered for his witty nature, tributes have been pouring in on social media.

RIP Ricarlo Flanagan

News of Flanagan’s passing circulated online on 12 October 2021 after his agent, Stu Golfman, confirmed the tragedy to Deadline: “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.”

While it has not been verified, covid is suspected as cause of death as the actor’s last tweet on 1 October 2021 showed his struggle with the disease.

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Ricarlo Flanagan as Davey in Shameless

The multi-talented entertainer was a triple threat: working as a comedian, rapper and actor. Flanagan’s most notable role was Davey in Shameless. Since his appearance only lasted for four episodes in season 8, many viewers may have forgotten his character.

A fan on Reddit says Davey was Debbie’s friend, who she worked with welding.

Aside from the hit Showtime series, Flanagan had one-episode appearances in comedy series Room 104, Kidding and Disney+ series Walk The Prank. He portrayed security guards and delivery men, so if shows needed someone for heavy lifting, Flanagan was the go-to.

After moving to Detroit in 2006 to further his entertainment career, he released a comedy album, Manlaw, followed by three more under the moniker Father Flanagan.

The rapper was scheduled to release his latest offering, Both Sides Of The Brain, soon but due to the shocking news it’s unknown whether it will still drop.

A GoFundMe has been started by his family to transport his body back to his native Cleveland, Ohio, from Los Angeles, where he lived at the time of his death.

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Twitter remembers Ricarlo Flanagan

Although he scored only minor acting roles in his career, Ricarlo’s impact seems to have been much greater on those who knew him, thanks to his wit and charm.

Psycho Yoga Instructor actor Steve Hofstetter said he was “wrecked” after hearing the news:

“I just heard that Ricarlo Flanagan has passed. I don’t know details yet. Other than he was one of the funniest, kindest people I knew in this business. I worked with him on so many things, hung with him so many times, and I will miss him so much. I am so wrecked right now.”

Fellow comedian and actor Matt Rife, who has known Flanagan for more than a decade, said:

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.