Legal analyst Midwin Charles, known to viewers for her frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Bloomberg TV, passed away yesterday. She was 47.
Her death was announced on social media by her family. Cause of death and other details were not given.
“It is with a deeply heavy heart and deepest sadness that we announce the untimely death of our beloved Midwin Charles,” her family said in a Twitter statement. “She was known to many as a television legal commentator, but to us she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin. Our lives are forever changed and we will miss them for a lifetime. “
“In addition, it is sad to have heard of Midwin Charles’ death,” tweeted MSNBC presenter Jonathan Capehart. “What a great analyst and a kind soul. May she rest in peace.”
“I’m devastated!” Tweeted Maya Wiley, formerly MSNBC, currently NYC mayoral candidate. “Midwin Charles is someone I am deeply grateful to for their hearts and minds. And she was someone I valued at MSNBC! My heart goes out to her family and we have all lost a sister. “
Charles was the founder of Midwin Charles & Associates LLC law firm, an employee of Essence Magazine, and was a regular commentator on law, pop culture, and politics to CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and TV One. She earned her law degree from American University at Washington College of Law and later served as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Eric L. Clay and a social justice research fellow at A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Harvard Law School.
“Midwin, dear heart,” tweeted MSNBC presenter Joy Reid last night, “you were a brilliant mind and a beautiful soul. You have been such a blessing. I am just stunned and since I found out about it today. Blessings to your mother and family. Please live every moment as if it is your last and value your friends excessively. “
The following is a selection of reactions to Charles’ death:
I am stunned and saddened to hear the news of the loss of Midwin Charles. My thoughts and prayers go to her family. May she rest in power. 🙏🏾 ❤️ https://t.co/7rZHHzxzfL
– Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 7, 2021
Additionally, it’s sad to learn that @MidwinCharles has passed away. What a great analyst and a kind soul. May she rest in peace. https://t.co/0iZg2aPGAJ
– Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 7, 2021
I am shocked and stunned to hear of death on Legal Analyst @MidwinCharles today. Midwin was a brilliant sister. A first-class legal sense. And a sweet woman. We are all saddened by this news. She was just 47 years old. pic.twitter.com/XinxOF2XjQ
– Rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 7, 2021
The Magnificent @MidwinCharles was a light, a power and a brilliant mind.
Our show was lucky enough to have their frequent glimpses and our @ RuhleOnMSNBC family was lucky enough to call them a friend.
She is loved and she will be missed. https://t.co/1M4F4p2iLH pic.twitter.com/dOdfL7iQDx
– Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle), April 7, 2021
I cannot believe this message. @ MidwinCharles was a friend. She was a real one. Nice. Brilliant. In principle. I don’t know where to file this. I am disappointed with this news. Really gutted. 💔 #RIPMidwinCharles 👑 G G #GoneTooSoon https://t.co/KgMEdibuPO
– Yvette Nicole Brown (@YNB) April 7, 2021