Her death was announced by her family on social media. A cause of death and other details were not specified.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles,” her family said in a Twitter statement. “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.”
“Beyond saddened to learn of the passing of Midwin Charles,” tweeted MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart. “What a terrific analyst and a kind soul. May she rest in peace.”
“I am DEVASTATED!,” tweeted Maya Wiley, formerly of MSNBC and currently a New York City mayoral candidate. “Midwin Charles is someone I am deeply grateful to for her heart and her head. And she was someone I valued at MSNBC! My heart goes out to her family and we have all lost a Sister.”
Stephanie Ruhle paid tribute to Charles on MSNBC.
— Stephanie Ruhle Reports (@RuhleOnMSNBC) April 7, 2021
Charles was the founder of law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC, a contributor at Essence Magazine and and she provided regular commentary on law, pop culture and politics for CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and TV One. She earned her law degree at American University, Washington College of Law, and later served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay and as the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Research Fellow in Social Justice at Harvard Law School.
“Midwin dear heart,” tweeted MSNBC host Joy Reid last night, “you were a brilliant spirit and beautiful soul. You were such a blessing. I’m just stunned, and have been since I learned of this today. Blessings to your mom and family. To all, please live every moment like it’s your last, and OVER-appreciate your friends.”
A sampling of reactions to Charles’ death follows:
Midwin Charles spoke out for justice, for equality and for the Haitian community that she loved so much and in which she inspired so much pride.
This is a tragic loss for our city. https://t.co/6ZtXxMxJiw
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 7, 2021
MSNBC Legal Analyst, Midwin Charles was known for her brilliant takes on the law and politics. We're sending prayers to her family and friends. 🙏🏾https://t.co/FXHm72Ke2a
— BET (@BET) April 7, 2021
Prayers for the family of my Court TV friend, Midwin Charles. pic.twitter.com/vGtHB8phS1
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) April 7, 2021
Shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Midwin Charles. She was a gifted and thoughtful legal analyst and a great guest. I loved having her on @PoliticsNation, she will be missed. May she Rest In Peace and Power. #RIPMidwinCharles pic.twitter.com/Fe8KfpxKNy
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) April 7, 2021
— Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) April 7, 2021
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
Heartbroken my friend Midwin Charles has passed. I literally emailed her 2 days ago wishing her a speedy recovery, telling her I "miss chatting with you" on my show. She responded but never shared how serious the illness was. I will always remember her as a kind, beautiful person
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 7, 2021
My dear @MidwinCharles, We will miss your brilliance, beauty, grace, wit and glowing presence. Our collective hearts are broken. Rest in power dear lady. #MidwinCharles #RIPMidwinCharles pic.twitter.com/eUuvOiFVqM
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 7, 2021
I am stunned and saddened to learn the news about the loss of Midwin Charles. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. May she rest in power. 🙏🏾 ❤️ https://t.co/7rZHHzxzfL
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 7, 2021
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 7, 2021
I'm shocked and stunned to learn of the death today on legal analyst @MidwinCharles. Midwin was a brilliant sister. A top notch legal mind. 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 force and a brilliant mind.
Our show was fortunate to have her frequent insights & our @RuhleOnMSNBC family was lucky to call her a friend.
She is loved & she will be missed. https://t.co/1M4F4p2iLH pic.twitter.com/dOdfL7iQDx
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) April 7, 2021
I cannot believe this news. @MidwinCharles was a friend. She was a real one. Beautiful. Brilliant. Principled. I don’t know where to file this. I am gutted by this news. Truly gutted. 💔 #RIPMidwinCharles 👑 🕊 🙏🏾 #GoneTooSoon https://t.co/KgMEdibuPO
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 7, 2021
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