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CNN And MSNBC Legal Analyst Midwin Charles Dead At 47 — The View's Sunny Hostin, More Pay Tribute

Apr. 8 2021, Updated 10:45 a.m. ET

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Legal analyst Midwin Charles, who is best known for her appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and HLN, died on Tuesday, April 6, at age 47.

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"It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles," her family announced on social media. 

"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."

She founded the Midwin Charles & Associates law firm in New York City. She contributed to Essence magazine and was well known as CNN’s legal contributor for In Session.

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Her cause of death has not been released. 

Scroll down to see the reactions to Charles’ passing: 

Sunny Hostin

Fellow legal analyst Sunny Hostin mourned the loss of her friend and In Session co-worker. "She was a brilliant beautiful legal mind," Hostin described Charles. "I will miss her and am praying for her family and especially for her mother whom she adored and spoke of so often."

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Elie Mystal

Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal said it was "hard to express my sadness about the sudden passing of" Charles. "We have lost a true warrior for justice today." Mystal added that while many knew Charles from TV appearances "while she was doing that, she maintained an active practice as a criminal and civil defense attorney, often working for underserved groups who ordinarily have trouble accessing a lawyer of her caliber. Midwin was not a 'tv lawyer,' she was a real one, who used tv as part of her advocacy."

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Jonathan Capehart

MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart said he was "beyond saddened" to hear of Charles' passing. "What a terrific analyst and a kind soul."

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Sophia A. Nelson

Journalist Sophia A. Nelson was "in shock" upon hearing the news of Charles' death, who was "truly authentic, kind, smart, helpful always to her fellow sisters."

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Sylvia K. Alston

Producer and podcaster Sylvia K. Alston mourned the loss of a "colleague, a friend and frequent contributor" to her show. 

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Keith Boykin

CNN commentator Keith Boykin was "stunned and saddened to learn the news about the loss of Midwin Charles."

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Bernice King

CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Bernice King was "saddened" by the news and said Charles was "a light that brightened the way for others."

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Chris Witherspoon

PopViewers CEO Chris Witherspoon thanked Charles for sharing her "smile, your brilliance and your boundless black girl joy."

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Pete Dominick

Comedian Pete Dominick described his late friend as "a powerful brilliant voice" who was "brilliant and fearless and had the GREATEST laugh."

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