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.
"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.
Her cause of death has not been released.
Scroll down to see the reactions to Charles’ passing:
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. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/oS60BDC4pV— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) April 7, 2021
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."
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."
MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart said he was "beyond saddened" to hear of Charles' passing. "What a terrific analyst and a kind soul."
Sophia A. Nelson
I just am sitting here in shock. @MidwinCharles was truly authentic, kind, smart, helpful always to her fellow sisters. 47. That’s years younger than me. Does anyone know what happened? Was she sick? This is just hard to take. My heart goes out to her mom and family. So sad. 💔— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) April 7, 2021
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."
Sylvia K. Alston
Midwin Charles was a colleague, a friend and a frequent contributor to my show #NextNation— Sylvia K. Alston (@SylviaKAlston) April 7, 2021
Learning tonight of her untimely passing stopped me in my tracks.
My deepest condolences to her family and all who experienced her gift. She was a beacon for justice. @MidwinCharles pic.twitter.com/Vm5hfPXVgc
Producer and podcaster Sylvia K. Alston mourned the loss of a "colleague, a friend and frequent contributor" to her show.
CNN commentator Keith Boykin was "stunned and saddened to learn the news about the loss of Midwin Charles."
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.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 7, 2021
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."
PopViewers CEO Chris Witherspoon thanked Charles for sharing her "smile, your brilliance and your boundless black girl joy."
I just heard about the loss of my friend Midwin Charles privately. I'm so sorry to share this news. Midwin was a powerful brilliant voice for legal and political issues. She was brilliant and fearless and had the GREATEST laugh. Thank you for making us better. You did real good https://t.co/bygAThXg9q— Pete Dominick (@PeteDominick) April 7, 2021
Comedian Pete Dominick described his late friend as "a powerful brilliant voice" who was "brilliant and fearless and had the GREATEST laugh."