Tragic news in the world of cable news this week as a frequent contributor died an untimely death, the cause of which is still unknown.
Midwin Charles, a legal analyst for CNN, MSNBC and other news organizations, dies unexpectedly this week at the age of 47, The Daily Mail reported.
She posted to Instagram on March 19 that she would not be having her normal Happy Hour as she was not feeling well.
“Hey guys! Sadly, happy hour tonight is canceled. I’m not feeling well,’ she said in the post. ‘See you next Friday,” she said.
Sadly the next post came from her family as they announced the death of Charles, who was a prominent liberal voice on cable news.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles,” the family said.
“She was known to many as a legal commentator on television but to us, she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin. Our lives are forever changed and we will miss her for a lifetime,” they said.
“The family thanks you in advance for your love and prayers. Please allow the family time to grieve,” they said.
Charles was outspoken on many issues, including the coronavirus vaccine, which she announced she had gotten weeks before she died.
“Just got vaccinated (qualified because of my asthma) at a FEMA center. Everyone at the site is in uniform. It’s good to see our service men and women! Process was organized, efficient, and everyone is kind and in a good mood. Let’s do this!” Charles said.
“I have a death causing allergy to peanuts and wanted to have my Epi pen with me when I got vaccinated in case I went into anaphylaxis shock. Turns out my “insurance” wouldn’t cover it and it’s $387????” she said.
According to her website, Charles was the founder of law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC and a contributor at Essence Magazine.
Charles provided commentary on shows including CNN, HLN, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and TV One. While working for CNN, she provided legal commentary for live trials daily on InSession (formerly CourtTV) on truTV. Charles had previously written for the Huffington Post.
Notable media personalities, politicians, and other celebrities took to Twitter to remember the brilliant and passionate lawyer.
Tributes to the young legal mind came in from various people in the news and entertainment industries.
“Midwin was my friend. We worked together on In Session/Court TV. She was a brilliant beautiful legal mind. I will miss her and am praying for her family and especially for her mother whom she adored and spoke of so often. Rest my dear friend,” Sunny Hostin of the ABC Daytime talk show “The View” said.
“I am DEVASTATED! Midwin Charles is someone I am deeply grateful to for her heart and her head,” New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley said. “And she was someone I valued at MSNBC! My heart goes out to her family and we have all lost a Sister. #RIJ.”
“This is so, so hard,” PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said. “My Haitian sis — was a brilliant mind and a beautiful person who worked so hard. Her voice and presence will be deeply missed.”
“I’m saddened to learn of the death of Midwin Charles. My heart goes out to those mourning her here and to her family. From what people are sharing, her life was a light that brightened the way for others. Well-lived,” Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., said.
“This is devastating,” CNN political analyst Natasha Alford said “Midwin, I pray you rest in power and perfect peace. Thank you for all you’ve contributed and the light you shined in the world. So many looked up to you, including me, and we will honor your memory.”
No cause of death has been named.