Veteran comedy writer/producer Eunetta Boone has passed away at the age of 63 from an apparent heart attack. The current showrunner for Disney’s Raven’s Home sitcom was found unresponsive in her Los Angeles home March 20.
“My heart is heavy following the loss of ‘Raven’s Home‘ executive producer Eunetta Boone,”show star Raven-Symoné said in a statement. “Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s family and friends and all who knew and loved her. She will be missed. Thank you for everything Eunetta.”
According to a press release obtained by EBONY, she started her career at the Baltimore Sun as a sports reporter. She was the first African-American woman to cover sports in the Maryland city.
Boone was an influential part of Black television. She served as a writer for classic series including The Fresh Prince of Bel Air starring Will Smith and Robert Townsend’s The Parent ‘Hood. She worked with comedians Damon Wayans and D.L. Hughley as the co-executive producer of My Wife and Kids and The Hughleys, respectively.
The TV executive created and executive produced the comedy series One on One in 2001, and it ran until 2006. After the show, Boone taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension for six years until she joined Raven’s Home as a consultant in 2017 at the end of Season Two. She began running the series for the following season, which is currently in production.
“Eunetta Boone was a wonderful person and a consummate storyteller and teacher, and through her leadership on many productions including ‘Raven’s Home,’ she did so well what she enjoyed most — mentoring creative talent,” Disney said in an official statement. “Eunetta will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. All of us at Disney Channel grieve her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.”
Boone is survived by her mother, Eunice Taylor; sister, Regina Ward; and nieces, Breawna Taylor and MaKenna Ward.
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