Comic and Actress Erica Watson Dies From COVID-19 Issues
A Chicago comedian recently fell victim to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, actress and comedian Erica Watson died as a result of COVID-19 over the weekend in Jamaica, a family member reported. She was 48 years old.
Eric Watson, Erica’s brother, announced the sad news on his Facebook page.
“Friends and family, my sister Erica Watson passed away in Jamaica last night [sic] on complications from Covid 19. We don’t take this lightly. Please respect our privacy now (no calls please) as we are making arrangements to bring my sister home. Keep us in your prayers. “
Watson, whose actors and works include Showtime’s The Chi, NBC’s Chicago Fire, Spike Lee’s feature Chi-Raq, ABC 7’s Windy City Live, and WCIU’s The Jam. She was an actress, comedian, public relations rep, and activist, and attended Kenwood Academy High School and Columbia College.
On Monday, the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) released a statement regarding Watson’s death. She had only recently appeared on her 2020 holiday event.
“Erica Watson was a dear friend of NABJ Chicago. She was a servant who, despite her numerous projects and initiatives, always put her community first, ”the statement said. “That has expanded to include our mission of media integration and diversity. This shared passion, combined with their unbridled talent and joyous spirit, is an incredible loss for Chicago. She loved her hometown and we loved her back. Rest in power, sister. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the Watson family. “
Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx offered condolences:
I’m sorry to hear of Erica Watson’s death. Erica was a talented, bright light. Every time you talked to, you had the feeling that you had been friends for years, even if you had only met virtually. I send my prayers to their friends and family. https://t.co/v05ZVaDXZE
– Kim Foxx (@KimFoxx) February 28, 2021