Charles Gregory, an Emmy-nominated hairstylist who frequently collaborated with Tyler Perry on his films and TV shows, died of complications from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Gregory shared on social media two weeks earlier that he had tested positive for the virus and was moved into the hospital. His death was mourned by filmmakers like Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay and Lee Daniels, with whom he was most recently working on Daniels’ film “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.”
“He was a BRILLIANT hairstylist and did his MAGIC,” Daniels said in an Instagram post. “Whenever l complained about anyone’s hair he’d say ‘lemme just slap some grease on it.. it’ll be ok.’ And it was!!! The virus took him today. Please say a prayer for this wonderful man and his family.”
“Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious,” Perry wrote in an Instagram tribute. “We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family.”
Gregory worked on numerous Perry projects, including “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Meet the Browns,” “The Family That Preys” and most recently the Sundance drama from this year “Zola,” which Perry produced. His other film work included “Drumline,” “Idlewild” and “Vice.” He was a Primetime Emmy nominee in 2005 for Outstanding Hairstyling for “Lackawanna Blues.
Ava DuVernay shared her love on Gregory’s Instagram after he passed on what would be his last post, a photo of himself in the hospital.
“God bless you and keep you in His Kingdom forever. You lit up every room you entered and every path you crossed,” DuVernay said. “Thank you for your warmth and your wisdom and your wonderful spirit. Please watch over us and keep loving us. We will keep loving you and will never forget you. Your memory will be our blessing.”