'Rob & Big' Star Dies at 45

'Rob & Big' Star Dies at 45

Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, star of MTV's reality series Rob & Big, has died. He was 45.

Boykin's management confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon to The Hollywood Reporter.

Boykin rose to public popularity as the best friend and bodyguard of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the reality program which ran from 2006-2008, and later made appearances on Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory reality series. An imposing figure at 6-foot-6, Boykin's demeanor was much gentler and warmer than his imposing stature or job description would suggest.

Before becoming a bodyguard, Boykin served in the Navy. In addition to being a television personality, he also started his own clothing line, Big Black (Do Work) in 2007.

Read the rest of this article at The Hollywood Reporter.

Rob Dyrdek is also featured on Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.