Christopher Boykin

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Christopher Boykin
Big Black - E3 Expo 2010 - June 17, 2010 - Los Angeles (cropped).jpg
Big Black in June 2010 in Los Angeles
Born(1972-01-13)January 13, 1972
DiedMay 9, 2017(2017-05-09) (aged 45)
Other names"Big Black" Boykin, Chris, Big B, BB
  • Television personality
  • musician
Years active2002–2014
Shannon Turley
(m. 2008; div. 2009)

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin (January 13, 1972 – May 9, 2017) was an American television personality and musician best known for his role on the MTV reality television series Rob & Big, in which he co-starred with professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek from 2006 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

Boykin was born on January 13, 1972 in the Southern US town of Raleigh, Mississippi.[1] He served in the United States Navy.[2]

Television career[edit]

In a skit for DC Shoes, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek hired Boykin to be his bodyguard and to protect him from security guards.[3] From November 2006 to April 2008, he and Dyrdek starred in the reality television series Rob & Big on MTV.

In a 2006 episode of Rob & Big, Dyrdek and Boykin visit the studios of game developer EA Black Box in Vancouver to do motion capture for a video game in which they were to become characters. The game, Skate, was published in 2007. Boykin and Dyrdek also appeared in the 2009 sequel, Skate 2. In 2007, Boykin launched a clothing brand, Big Black, to market T-shirts and hats that bore his catchphrase, "Do Work".[1] In the show's 2008 season, Boykin set two Guinness world records: one for peeling and eating three bananas in one minute, and another for eating five powdered doughnuts in two minutes, 45 seconds.[4] Boykin left Rob & Big after the third season, since he was starting a family. MTV premiered Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory in February 2009, less than a year after the final episode of Rob & Big. Boykin joined the cast in 2011, and remained until the show's final episode in 2015. He also appeared on three episodes of Dyrdek's show Ridiculousness, which premiered in 2011. Guest appearances on the MTV series Guy Code and Snack Off (2014) are among his other TV appearances.[5]

Final years[edit]

Boykin married Shannon Turley in 2008;[6] although the couple divorced in 2009, they were living together shortly before Boykin's death, due to his worsening health. Their daughter, Isis, was nine years old when Boykin died in May 2017.[7]

Boykin had a defibrillator implant for his heart. In early May 2017, he was hospitalized in Plano, Texas, and was placed on a heart monitor.[7] On May 9, his heart stopped; staff spent 30 minutes trying to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 4:00 p.m. CDT.[8] Although initial reports did not mention an official cause,[2][9] Boykin's heart failure was the result of a heart attack.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b Salam, Maya (10 May 2017). "Christopher Boykin, Half of the MTV Odd Couple 'Rob & Big,' Dies at 45". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Stedman, Alex (May 9, 2017). "Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, 'Rob & Big' Star, Dies at 45". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "T Mobile Guide to Action". T Mobile. Archived from the original on December 16, 2006. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, star of MTV's Rob & Big, dies at 45". Fox News. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Aiello, McKenna. "Rob & Big Star Christopher Big Black Boykin Dead at 45". E!. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  6. ^ Meara, Paul (May 10, 2017). "Big Black's Ex-Wife, Daughter Break Their Silence on His Death". BET. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin Hospitalized for Days Before Death According to Ex-Wife". TMZ. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Marquina, Sierra (May 10, 2017). "Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin Died of Heart Failure: Report". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "'Rob & Big' Star Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin Dead at 45". TMZ. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Stone, Natalie (May 9, 2017). "Rob and Big Star Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin Dies at 45". People. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Ossad, Jordana (May 9, 2017). "Rob And Big Star Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin Dead At 45". MTV News. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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