Paul Gladney, better known by the stage name Paul Mooney, was an American comedian, writer, social critic, and television and film actor. He is best known as a writer for comedian Richard Pryor, playing singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story and Junebug in Bamboozled, and his appearances on Chappelle’s Show.
It is being reported that comedian Paul Mooney has passed away at age 79. He reportedly suffered a heart attack. His cousin, who lived with the comedian at the time of his passing confirmed the news, and shared that Mooney was also dealing with dementia. In 2014, Mooney was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but continued to perform standup routines on tour.