CNN Legal Analyst Midwin Charles Dead at 47: Sunny Hostin, Don Lemon and More Honor Her

Kaitlin Reilly
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CNN Legal Analyst Midwin Charles Dead at 47: Sunny Hostin, Don Lemon and More Honor Her

Legal analyst and TV personality Midwin Charles has died, her family confirmed with a post on her Twitter account on April 6. She was 47.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles," the post reads. "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."

A cause of death was not provided.

Midwin, a Syracuse University alum who got her law degree from American University, founded the NYC law firm Midwin Charles & Associates. In addition to her TV appearances on programs like CNN, MSNBC and The Wendy Williams Show, she was a contributor to Essence magazine.

Midwin's collegues and friends came out on social media to express their grief. The View co-host Sunny Hostin took to Twitter to share a message about the lawyer, writing, "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."

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CNN anchor Don Lemon shared, "My dear @MidwinCharles, We will miss your brilliance, beauty, grace, wit and glowing presence. Our collective hearts are broken. Rest in power dear lad."

MSNBC's Joy Reid tweeted, "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."

Midwin Charles
Midwin Charles

Podcaster Sylvia K. Alston wrote, "Midwin Charles was a colleague, a friend and a frequent contributor to my show #NextNation. Learning tonight of her untimely passing stopped me in my tracks. My deepest condolences to her family and all who experienced her gift. She was a beacon for justice."