‘Shameless’ Actor and Comedian Ricarlo Flanagan Honored by Friends After Death at 40

by Michael Freeman

Known for being a comedian and his acting on Shameless, Ricarlo Flanagan recently passed away at only 40-years-old. Since then, his friends have taken to social media to honor and mourn him.

Battling with COVID-19 earlier this month, Flanagan sadly passed away, though it is unknown if that’s what is responsible for his death. Friends have been mourning him on social media after hearing the news and even made a GoFundMe for his family. Titled “Help get Ricarlo Flanagan home,” it aims to return him to his family in Cleveland, Ohio.

“He brought laughter to every room he walked in,” the GoFundMe states. “We would like to get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio, so his family can put him to rest. We ask that you please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Please help us with any contribution you are able to give. This will be greatly appreciated, not only by us but most importantly by his family.”

Fortunately, the $10,000 goal was met, but additional contributions will go to his family to help them. “Thank you everyone for your donations! We have met our goal, but anything extra will truly help his family out,” an update states. “Ricarlo was loved by so many and it shows. I will keep this opened for another day and then the funds will will be release to his family. Once again, thank you so much.”

As of now, it sits at $18,925.

Ricarlo Flanagan’s Friends Remember him on Social Media

In addition to his GoFundMe, Ricarlo Flanagan’s friends have been sounding off on social media about his passing.

Comedian Jay Washington did so while also drawing attention to the fundraising endeavor. “The world lost an EXTREMELY GOOD DUDE,” he wrote. “A comedian, actor, rapper and successful at all. Many of us lost a GREAT FRIEND. If you can please help or even spread the word. Help get Ricarlo Flanagan home.”

“He just gave me his new album cuz I bought the last one,” screenwriter and comedian Ed Greer tweeted. “I was just talking to him @MateenStewart ‘s pool party. I was just roasting him for being a fellow Burlington Coat factory big & tall shopper. He was SO GREAT. There’s a go fund me to get him home: https://gofundme.com/f/help-get-ric.”

Comedian Matt Rife is similarly devastated, having known Flanagan for 10 years. “My heart is broken. I’ve known @FatherFlanagn for 10 years, from Ohio, he moved to LA after i did and was well on his way. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met and incredibly talented. I wish i could call you. I’m asking y’all PLEASE help his family.”

Jono Zalay and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Steve Hofstetter also send their condolences, with the latter stressing how dangerous COVID is.