MIDWIN Charles, a defense attorney and CNN legal analyst, has died aged 47.
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."
Following the tragic news of her death, Charles's friends and peers paid tribute to the late lawyer.
Temple University and Host of BET News Marc Lamont Hill said: "This is simply devastating.
"Midwin was such a wonderful, brilliant, kind, and beautiful soul. Our hearts are broken."
The View Host Sunny Hostin tweeted: "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."
CNN commentator Keith Boykin told his followers of how saddened he was to learn about the news and that he was sending his thoughts and prayers to her family.
Stand-up comedian Pete Dominick and friend of Charles posted about the devastating news this morning.
"I just heard about the loss of my friend Midwin Charles privately. I'm so sorry to share this news.
"Midwin was a powerful brilliant voice for legal and political issues. She was brilliant and fearless and had the GREATEST laugh.
"Thank you for making us better. You did real good."
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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