David A. Arnold, a comedian and showrunner, has died. He was 54.
Arnold, who had multiple Netflix comedy specials and helped create the Nickelodeon series That Girl Lay Lay, died Wednesday (Sept. 7), Deadline reports. His death was confirmed in a statement sent out by his family, which said he died of “natural causes.”
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold,” the statement reads, per Deadline. “David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time, as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss.”
The late comic was also mourned by his friend, actor and comedian Chris Spencer, who said in a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter, “Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it. He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will me deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity.”
Arnold began his career in stand-up comedy, and recently filmed and released two Netflix specials. His first, Fat Ballerina, was released on the streamer in 2020; his second, It Ain’t for the Weak, was released on July 19.
While he spent plenty of time in front of crowds and the camera, he was also a force behind the scenes. Throughout his career, he wrote for multiple series, including House of Payne, The Rickey Smiley Show, Fuller House, Side Hustle and That Girl Lay Lay.
At the time of his death, Arnold was in the middle of a comedy tour across the country, and had completed three stops, according to Deadline.
He is survived by his wife Julie, as well as two daughters: Anna Grace and Ashlyn Elizabeth, according to THR.