did christopher boykin die?

Yes. Sadly, Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin has died at 45. Boykin's rep told TMZ that he died on Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017. The cause of death was heart attack.

Days before his death, Boykin was in terrible condition. Chris' ex-wife, Shannon Turley, told TMZ Chris was hospitalized in Plano, TX for several days while doctors monitored his heart. He'd been struggling with heart issues, and already had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.

Christopher Boykin was born on January 13, 1972 in Raleigh, MS. He starred in MTV series "Rob & Big," which ran from 2006 to 2008.

"Rob & Big" showcased the adventures of professional skateboarder and actor Rob Dyrdek and Boykin, who served as Dyrdek's bodyguard.

Boykin served in the U.S. Navy before his stint on television.

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