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Ricky Harris attend the 'Kiss & Tell Party' benefiting the 'Maddbacker Foundation' at the Playboy Mansion in 2007. ( Rachel Worth / WENN)

Actor and comedian Ricky Harris died of a heart attack at 54

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Ricky Harris, the actor and comedian who starred on "Everybody Hates Chris" and a close friend to many hip-hop stars, died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 54.

Harris made his Hollywood debut with 1993's "Poetic Justice" and later appeared in "Hard Rain," "Bones," the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," and "The Tracy Morgan Show." 

He was also a frequent collaborator with hip-hop stars like Snoop Dogg.

Snoop said Harris was "on his way to heaven now" in an emotional tribute.

Ice Cube was similarly upset.

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Fellow comedians called him influential.

Others said he had taught them a lot about the art of comedy.

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