Count On Me: 7 Times Big Black Taught Us About Friendship

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Christopher “Big Black” Boykin and Rob Dyrdek shared an “unforgettable adventure” during their time on MTV’s hit series Rob & Big. After it was reported Tuesday (May 9) Boykin died at the age of 45, Dyrdek went on social media to look back at the friendship the two had in front of and behind the camera.

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“We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure,” he captioned a photo with Boykin Tuesday evening. “I just can’t fathom that it would end so suddenly. You will forever be in my heart.”

Boykin, former Navy seal and bodyguard, gained stardom after appearing on Rob & Big by bringing the laughs with his warm personality and clever pranks. He originally caught the attention of Dyrdek’s fans during his segment on The DC Video: Deluxe Edition DVD in 2004 while presenting himself as the leader of “Dyrdek’s Security.” While the two experienced a brief fallout after the series ended in 2008, they made up and went on to enjoy more hijinks on Fantasy Factory in 2011.

In between the pranks and somber moments, we got a chance to learn about the elements of friendship like honesty, love and compassion–all thanks to Boykin.

Check out the seven times Boykin AKA Big Black, taught us about friendship below.

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1. When he didn’t mind losing a dodgeball battle because Chanel West Coast was pummeled  multiple times in the face.

2. That time he made sure no one got a chance to steal Rob’s coins when they went to grab $15,000 for their resident ATM.

3. When he cheered Rob on when the skateboarder hit the perfect ollie.

4. When he put back on weight in the form of plush pillows to live out his “Rob & Big” days with Drama and Rob.

5. When he indulged in “Car Wash Karaoke” with Rob for the love of Enrique Iglesias’ ‘07 hit “Do You Know.”

6. That time he invited Mr. Gibbs, the creator of the “Hyper-Dimensional Resonator,” to California to show him black people could time travel too.

7. And lastly, when the two made up after years of underlying tension.

“I think it was more the fundamental struggle of not wanting to be so connected to each other,” Dyrdek explained to Graham Bensinger in 2014. “We literally would film some of the funniest things we’ve ever done and be losing it and then walk away and not talk to each other.” Boykin shared his thoughts on their relationship with DJ Whoo Kid, but didn’t taint the legacy the two created on Rob and Big. They went on to mend their friendship, showing everyone that time can heal all wounds.

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