Attorney Midwin Charles, a legal analyst for a number of cable news channels, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 47, her family announced in a statement.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles,” a post on Ms Charles’ Twitter account reads.
The family did not provide a cause of death.
Ms Charles was a defense attorney and founder of her own firm, Midwin Charles & Associates.
Ms Charles also provided commentary on live trials as a legal contributor for CNN’s In session.
The family statement continues: “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. “
Tributes have been paid by Ms Charles’ colleagues and friends in the media.
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor wrote that her “Haitian sis” was “a brilliant mind and a beautiful person who worked so hard. Her voice and presence will be deeply missed. “
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle described her as “magnificent” and “a light, a force, and a brilliant mind”; and Jonathan Capehart called her a “terrific analyst and a kind soul”.