Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, of MTV's 'Rob & Big,' dead at 45

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Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, known as "Big Black" or "Black" by skater and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek, has died, according to TMZ.

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Boykin went on to make many appearances on Fantasy Factory as well as other MTV shows like Ridiculousness, Guy Code, and Snack Off.

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Big Black, who had previously served in the U.S. Navy, hit the limelight with his role as the bodyguard to professional skateboarder and TV host Rob Dyrdek.

Per a spokesman for the network: "MTV is deeply saddened to learn the news of Christopher Big Black' Boykin's passing". "He was a long-time and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed". Our hearts go out to her and the rest of Big's family and friends.

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The series premiered in 2006 and ended in 2008, after Boykin had a child and no longer lived with Dyrdek. He is also featured on the video games "Skate" and "Skate 2".

He is survived by his daughter, 9-year-old Isis Rae Boykin. My heart is crushed. "I am so thankful for you". I didn't want to be known as Rob from 'Rob & Big, ' and I think he didn't want to be known as the sidekick.

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