A video shared online showed the podcast host using a racial slur on several occasions.
They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service.
"The Godfather of comedy" died of a heart attack, his publicist said Wednesday.
Paul Mooney spent decades behind the scenes writing for such shows as Saturday Night Live, In Living Color and, along with his friend Richard Pryor, Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx. He was 79.
Paul Mooney, a boundary-pushing comedian who was Richard Pryor’s longtime writing partner and whose bold, incisive musings on racism and American life made him a revered figure in stand-up, has died.