Berry, star of the hit 70's situation comedy "What's Happening!" has
passed away at age 52, apparently by natural causes.
Friends said that
Berry had been in ill health and the legendary actor/dancer had recently suffered
ran from 1976-1979 and was based on Eric Monte's 1975 smash movie, "Coolie
High." "Coolie High" was based on Monte's life in Chicago.
Monte went on to
help create "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times," before creating
"What's Happening!" which took place in South Central, Los Angeles.
whose real name on the show was Freddie Stubbs, was a fun loving teenager who
ate well at "Rob's Place" and was kept back so many times in high
school, he was nicknamed "Rerun."
Berry was a real
life member of The Campbelllock Dancers, named after Don Campbell, who is recognized
as the creator of the dance Rerun helped popularize, Locking.
The style of dance
was incorporated into 80's dance and locking and "pop locking" became
In the 1980's,
Berry admitted to blowing millions and battled a severe alcohol and drug problem
and had been sober ever since.
of success got to me. The fat jokes got to me. And I got heavily into drugs
and alcohol. I was empty inside," Berry told people in 1996.
When he was diagnosed
with diabetes in 1990, Berry lost 108 pounds and shaved a full 18 inches off
his waist in order to save his life.
Berry was also
a minister in Virginia Beach, Virginia. "I'm not the ordinary orthodox
pat-you-on-the-head type," Berry told CNN in 2002. "I'm the type of
minister that will get in your face. I'm real because it's a real world out
In addition to
"What's Happening!," Berry also starred in "What's Happening
Now!," hosted "Fred 'Rerun' Berry's Comedy Jam and appeared in Snoop
Dogg's "Doggy Dogg World" video and numerous game shows.