Celebrity hairstylist Charles Gregory Ross has died from the coronavirus. The Emmy-nominated hairstylist passed away Wednesday after sharing he tested positive for the disease on March 25.
Ross was a hairstyling legend with decades of experience working behind the scenes as lead hairstylist on film and television series and national campaigns. Most recently, he worked with Tyler Perry on several projects including Madea Goes to Jail, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys and Zola, as well as Ava DuVernay and Lee Daniels.
“Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious,” wrote Perry wrote on Instagram. “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.”
“He was a BRILLIANT hairstylist and did his MAGIC,” Daniels captioned a tribute on Instagram. “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.”
Ross’ extensive list of credits included serving as artistic director for Mizani /Softsheen in the ’90s where he styled national Wave Nouveau campaigns and as head of hair for Survivor’s Remorse. He earned his first Emmy nomination Outstanding Hairstyling in 2005 for Lackawanna Blues and also worked on such films as Drumline, Idlewild, and Vice.
“God bless you and keep you in His Kingdom forever,” wrote DuVernay on a post that Ross had shared on Instagram. “You lit up every room you entered and every path you crossed.. 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.”