Midwin Charles’ CNN colleagues ‘shocked’ over death & ask whether she was sick as 'rest in power' tribute trends

MIDWIN Charles' colleagues at CNN expressed their "shock" over her death and others questioned whether she was sick as "rest in power" tributes circulated.

Charles, 47, was known for working with CNN, MSNBC and various other networks and had been a prominent defense attorney for nearly two decades before the legal analyst suddenly passed away on April 6.

Although Charles' family announced her passing on social media, her cause of death was not disclosed.

As the news broke, friends and colleagues shared their tributes on social media and mourned her loss, with multiple posts concluding including the message "rest in power."

CNN political pundit Sophia A Nelson described her reaction to Charles' death in an emotional tweet and appealed for more information.

"I just am sitting here in shock. @MidwinCharles was truly authentic, kind, smart, helpful always to her fellow sisters. 47," Nelson said.

"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."

CNN commentator Keith Boykin tweeted, "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."

Likewise, CBS News & CBS This Morning correspondent Vladimir Duthiers wrote: "I am heartbroken learn about the passing of Midwin Charles. Rest in power my sister.

"I’ll miss your smile, brilliant legal mind and your friendship."

Over on MSNBC, the loss was also keenly felt as Fernand R. Amandi lamented waking up to the "nightmarish news that we tragically lost the brilliant [and] eloquent" Charles.

"Had the honor of appearing alongside Midwin during many panel conversations. I’m stunned + heartbroken her powerful and needed voice is silenced. So crushingly sad," he said followed by the hashtag #RestInPower

CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Lauren Coates wrote: "I am so incredibly sorry to hear this. I respected her so much. What a devastating loss of a beautiful soul. I am so sorry for your family’s tremendous loss."

Likewise, The Views's Sunny Hostin wrote: "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."

Former NBC journalist Tamron Hall of the eponymous talk show said: "Sending my prayers to Midwin’s family and friends, she was so loved and respected."

MSNBC executive producer Lauren Peikoff commented, "Absolutely crushing news. RIP to a force of a woman, Midwin Charles."

NBC political analyst Elise Jordan wrote, "I’m just so, so, so sad. Sending love and prayers to Midwin’s family. Midwin, you are loved."

Likewise, standup comic Pete Dominick and pundit Joy-Ann Reid also issued their condolences on social media.

Charles's family announced her passing on Tuesday through her Instagram and Twitter handles.

The cause of her death is unknown.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles," the announcement posted to Twitter read.

"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. The family thanks you in advance for your love and prayers.

"Please allow the family time to grieve. The Family of Midwin Charles."

In a video posted to her Instagram on March 12, Charles can be seen drinking champagne and dancing to Jay Z, telling viewers "happy Friday!"

The footage was part of Charles's "happy hour" segment that she published on her Instagram every Friday.

However, she canceled one of these events just weeks before her tragic passing.

Despite a cause of death not yet having been released, the analyst explained that she was feeling sick just weeks before her passing.

Charles shared how she was feeling in a final Instagram post on March 19.

"Hey guys! Sadly, happy hour tonight is canceled. I'm not feeling well. See you next Friday," Charles posted with a champagne glass emoji.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Charles received her law degree from American University.

Following that Charles founded her successful law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC.

She had a prestigious legal career serving as a research fellow at Harvard Law School and checking for the U.S Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Outside of the court, she was a contributor for Essence Magazine and appeared as a commentator for MSNBC, Bloomberg TV among others.

Charles was best-known for her role at CNN as a Legal Contributor for In Session where she provided legal commentary for live trials.

She was an active member of The Haitian Roundtable and the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network.

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