Midwin Charles, noted legal analyst for media giants CNN and MSNBC, has reportedly passed away at the age of 47. Her death was announced April 6 by her family on social media, via the late media personality’s Twitter account. “She was known to many as a legal commentator on television, but to us she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin,” their message read.
The founder of law firm Midwin Charles & Associates, Charles was prominent in legal media circles, often making television appearances for her clients as well as on regular broadcasts for truTV. She also contributed to publications, including Essence Magazine and The Huffington Post.
“Our lives are forever changed, and we will miss her for a lifetime… Please allow the family time to grieve,” the family added in their statement. The cause of death was not revealed, with the passing only referred to as “untimely.”
Read the statement from Midwin Charles’ family here:
— Midwin Charles, Esq. (@MidwinCharles) April 7, 2021
“Stunned And Saddened”: Tributes Pour In For Midwin Charles
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Charles set up her law firm in her New York City hometown. As per her official bios, Charles was skilled in radio hosting and crisis management as well. She was a board member for the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and a lecturer at her alma mater Syracuse University.
Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News correspondent, wrote, “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.”
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
Legal journalist Ellie Mystal wrote, “We have lost a true warrior for justice today… Midwin was not a “tv lawyer,” she was a real one, who used tv as part of her advocacy.”
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.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) April 7, 2021
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, too joined in writing, “From what people are sharing, her life was a light that brightened the way for others.”
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
Read more tributes below:
Midwin dear heart, 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.🙅🏿♀️ https://t.co/2VpH3QKD2s pic.twitter.com/IYZrHPGaUL
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 7, 2021
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 7, 2021
This is so, so hard. @MidwinCharles — my Haitian sis — was a brilliant mind and a beautiful person who worked so hard. Her voice and presence will be deeply missed. https://t.co/BSWQxdV0xr pic.twitter.com/QxqjGe5XS6
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 7, 2021
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