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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.”
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.
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.