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Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin: Looking Back at the Late Rob & Big Star’s Life, from His Big Break to Fatherhood

Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, who starred on MTV’s Rob & Big, died of a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 45.

Boykin starred opposite professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the reality series from 2006–08, which launched the 6 ft., 6 in. security guard into the world of entertainment television. Survived by his ex-wife Shannon and his 9-year-old daughter Isis Rae, here’s a look back at Boykin’s life over the years, both on and off screen.

Humble Beginnings

Boykin grew up in the small town of Wiggins, Mississippi. After graduation, he went on to work odd jobs, often juggling two or three at the same time.

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