It’s with a heavy heart that I report renowned celebrity hairstylist Charles Gregory passed away on Wednesday after battling COVID-19.

Charles took to social media on March 25 and announced he was diagnosed with Coronavirus.

News flash news flash

I have just been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

This is no joke people. 

See his original post below:

Charles also posted a photo of himself wearing a mask and captioned it, “Do I look ok? The coronavirus.”

Sadly, Charles lost his battle today and the entertainment industry is heartbroken.

Tyler Perry posted a powerful tribute to Charles on his Instagram page:

Dear Black People,

Today it’s with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of one of our crew members. Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious. We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family.
While everyone can contract this virus it is black people who are dying from it in much larger numbers. This thing is real, black people.

I heard a black person say, “Black people don’t get it.” That is a lie! You can get it, and you will get it if we don’t do what we’re being told to do.

A 26 year old black woman died the other day, a 44 year old black man died the other day, not to mention the hundreds of people that are dying every few minutes. Your age does not matter!! Your health does not matter. You could be totally healthy, and you could die!

Now listen to me. You have been right by my side since I started in this business, so please hear me with your heart. I LOVE US. I love our humor. I love our culture. I love our hair. I love our skin. I love everything about who we are. All of us. And I love us all too much to watch us die on the vine because we are the last to know and we are not taking this pandemic seriously.

Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself. That means stop hanging out, stop congregating, stop doing anything that will put not only your life in danger but also the lives of so many others.

STAY HOME!! Socially distance yourself and stay alive! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone you love, and for those who love you.
My Mother always told me to not wait for help! Be your own help!

See Tyler’s original post below:

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also paid tribute to Charles.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to Charles Gregory’s family and all who loved him.