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Tyler Perry urged Black people to stay home in the wake of one of his crew member’s, hair and wig stylist, Charles Gregory’s death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 8. Perry made the announcement via his Instagram account.
Under an Instagram photo of Gregory doing Perry’s hair, Perry wrote, “Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way.”
Perry then addressed the Black community continuing in the post, “Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself.”
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Dear Black People, Today it’s with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of one of our crew members. Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious. We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family. While everyone can contract this virus it is black people who are dying from it in much larger numbers. This thing is real, black people. I heard a black person say, “Black people don’t get it.” That is a lie! You can get it, and you will get it if we don’t do what we're being told to do. A 26 year old black woman died the other day, a 44 year old black man died the other day, not to mention the hundreds of people that are dying every few minutes. Your age does not matter!! Your health does not matter. You could be totally healthy, and you could die! Now listen to me. You have been right by my side since I started in this business, so please hear me with your heart. I LOVE US. I love our humor. I love our culture. I love our hair. I love our skin. I love everything about who we are. All of us. And I love us all too much to watch us die on the vine because we are the last to know and we are not taking this pandemic seriously. Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself. That means stop hanging out, stop congregating, stop doing anything that will put not only your life in danger but also the lives of so many others. STAY HOME!! Socially distance yourself and stay alive! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone you love, and for those who love you. My Mother always told me to not wait for help! Be your own help!
In late March, Gregory posted a message on Instagram saying that he had the virus and cautioned friends and fans that the virus was “no joke.”
He then followed up with what would be his last Instagram post saying, “Do I look okay? The coronavirus.”
In addition to styling for Perry, Gregory has designed wigs for some of the top names in the film and TV industry, including Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Terrence Howard.
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Viola Davis also expressed her condolences via an Instagram post.
Other friends and fans have also poured out their love via his last Instagram post.