So Sad: Death of 28-Year-Old Comedian Jak Knight Ruled a Suicide

Jak Knight’s cause of death has been confirmed following an autopsy by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

via People:

The writer, actor and comedian was found on a Los Angeles Calif. embankment Thursday suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a coroner’s report obtained by PEOPLE Monday.

The 28-year-old’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide by the coroner.

His passing was announced by his family on Thursday, Variety confirmed, and he quickly received an onslaught of tributes from friends, fans and fellow comedians. 

“Rest In Peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can’t believe it,” Eternals’ Kumail Nanjiani tweeted. 

Others like Broad City’s Hannibal Buress, Workaholics’ Blake Anderson, Chance the Rapper, Everything’s Trash star Phoebe Robinson, The Boys’ Jack Quaid and Fire Island’s Joel Kim Booster shared their own memorials to the comedian. 

Knight most recently co-created and costarred in Peacock’s Bust Down with Sam Jay, Chris Redd and Langston Kerman. The show, which premiered on the streaming platform in March, is about a group of four friends working low-wage jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana. In addition, Knight served as an executive producer alongside his collaborators.

His resume also includes writing for Black-ish and Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and an upcoming onscreen role in Chelsea Peretti’s First Time Female Director. Additionally, Knight has double-duty writing and acting credits on Pause with Sam Jay and Big Mouth.

Knight toured worldwide as a standup comedian, opening for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale and Eric Andre. He was named a Comedy Central Comic to Watch in 2014 and he appeared on the Netflix standup series The Comedy Lineup in 2018.

So incredibly sad. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text “988” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.

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