Christopher Boykin’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Christopher Boykin and his daughter, Isis. (Facebook)

Actor and comedian Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, who has died at age 45, leaves behind a young daughter.

Christopher and Shannon Boykin, whom he married in 2008, had daughter Isis together. They later divorced. Now known as Shannon Turley, she wrote an emotional message on his Twitter page after his death:

According to TMZ, Boykin died on the morning of May 9. People magazine says the reality TV star’s cause of death was a heart attack.

Boykin is best known as the best friend and bodyguard on the MTV reality series Rob & Big. Along with his “partner-in-crime” Rob Dyrdek, the duo got various outrageous adventures. They later had a highly publicized falling out that they eventually fixed, reports US Magazine.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Christopher & Shannon Were Married in 2008

Boykin married his longtime girlfriend Shannon Boykin in 2008 in a private ceremony that was reportedly attended by many celebrities and industry figures. They dated throughout Rob & Big being on the air.

According to US Magazine, “He is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their 9-year-old daughter.”

However, other sites reported that Christopher was survived only by his daughter, and his Facebook page focuses on the child. Turley told TMZ that “Chris was hospitalized in Plano, TX for several days while doctors monitored his heart. He’d been struggling with heart issues, and already had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.” She added that he was living with her in Texas.

Prior to becoming a reality TV star, Boykin served in the U.S. Navy. His Facebook page says he was from Wiggins, Mississippi and lived in Los Angeles. He also appeared on on the show Fantasy Factory.

He posted a throwback photos of himself with his father, writing, “Throwback Thursday myself & my dad (Deerfield Apts) Wiggins Ms 3hr before my graduation happiest day of my life cause I knew they handed me that diploma I wasn’t coming back & was encouraged not to by my Father & my Uncle John best advice I ever taken.. Miss you Dad Miss you Uncle John…”


2. Christopher Left the the MTV Show to Spend More Time With His Family

After Shannon learned she was pregnant, Boykin decided to leave the show to focus more on his family. It was clear from photos he posted that he adored the child they had:

Boykin was known “to be very close to the family and… in his professional career he left his engagements and went home to take care of his wife and daughter.”

Last Father’s Day, he wrote on Facebook, “Daddy & Daughter All Year long Every Day is Fathers Day love you Isis….”


3. Boykin’s Child is Age 9 & She Appeared on Rob & Big

Boykin and Shannon were the parents of one child together, a daughter named Isis Rea Boykin.

According to People Magazine, Boykin, 45, “is survived by his daughter, 9-year-old Isis Rae Boykin.”

People Babies reported that Isis was born when her father was 36-years-old and “she made her television debut” on an episode of Rob & Big.

A year ago in January, he wrote on Facebook, “I would like to extend a thanks to all the birthday post,messages from all my family,friends & fan’s I’m humbled & grateful to see 44 years of life & a daughter that’s my world.. Thank you Lord????”


4. Christopher Died of a Heart Attack, Reports Say

Musician Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin attends the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Boykin’s rep told People Magazine that he died of a heart attack. TMZ reports: “Multiple people connected to Chris tell us they believe it was a heart attack.”

Boykin “starred opposite professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on the reality series,” People reports. “The 6′ 6,” 375-lb. reality star appeared as Dyrdek’s bodyguard on 19 episodes of the MTV show from 2006-08.”


5. Boykin Filled His Facebook Page With Photos of His Daughter

Boykin’s Facebook page is filled with many photos of him with his daughter.

They appeared to be very close and are clowning around in a loving way in many of the playful photos.

“Daddy lil girl,” he captioned one. Under another set of photos, he wrote, “take Isis to see Inside Out after i surprise her by taking her to the Disney Store to buy character’s from the movie we end up getting 2 Frozen Princess Dresses she got me again.”