Comedian and writer David A. Arnold died Wednesday, conscionable months aft his 2nd Netflix drama peculiar premiered. He was 54.
His household said helium died of earthy causes.
“It is with large sadness that we corroborate the untimely passing of our husband, father, member and friend, David A. Arnold,” the producer’s household said successful a connection to the Los Angeles Times. “David passed distant peacefully contiguous successful his location and doctors person ruled the origin of decease owed to earthy causes. Please support our household successful supplication and respect our privateness astatine this time, arsenic we are each shocked and devastated by this loss.”
He was 1 the fewer Black showrunners successful the manufacture portion creating and enforcement producing “That Girl Lay Lay” (2021) for Nickelodeon, Deadline noted. Arnold wrote for respective drama series, including TBS’s “Meet the Browns” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
The Cleveland-born Arnold received immoderate of his top vulnerability connected 2 Netflix standup specials: 2019’s “Fat Ballerina” and the Kevin Hart-produced “It Ain’t For The Weak,” which began streaming successful July.
“Our intimately knit drama assemblage mourns the nonaccomplishment of 1 of the top to ever bash it,” comedian Chris Spencer said successful a statement, per the New York Post. “He was admired by his peers, respected by different veterans, and looked up to by the burgeoning comedians that helium mentored. He volition beryllium profoundly missed, particularly by his drama fraternity.”
One of Arnold’s routines, successful which helium joked astir going to a nursing home, was posted to his Instagram relationship connected the time of his death.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Julie L. Harkness, and 2 children, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn, whom helium riffed astir successful his caller special: