Comic David A. Arnold, finest recognized for headlining two Netflix comedy specials, died on the age of 54 on Wednesday.
The stand-up funnyman, who was the showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “That Lady Lay Lay” and served as a producer on the “Fuller Home” reboot, died “from pure causes” at his residence, his household introduced.
He was simply three exhibits into his four-month nationwide comedy tour titled “Tempo Ya Self.”
“It’s with nice disappointment that we affirm the premature passing of our husband, father, brother and buddy, David A. Arnold,” his household advised the LA Instances.
“David handed away peacefully immediately in his residence and medical doctors have dominated the reason for demise as a result of pure causes.”
“Please maintain our household in prayer and respect our privateness at the moment, as we’re all shocked and devastated by this loss,” the assertion concluded.
Only one week earlier than his demise, Arnold spoke to Jalen Rose for his weekly column for The Submit about his glittering comedy profession, recalling how he first tried an open mic night time and bombed. However years later, after a profession within the Navy, he was impressed by D.L. Hughley to attempt once more.
“And the following factor you understand, I used to be a comic,” he advised Rose. “And that’s once I realized: You gotta bomb. You bought to take it within the face and you continue to received to wish to do it.”
Arnold, who hailed from Ohio, kickstarted his writing profession on the Montreal Comedy Pageant and later appeared on “Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza.”
Arnold famously headlined two Netflix comedy specials within the final 3 years.ZAC POPIK/NETFLIX
After placing his identify on the map, Arnold secured two Netflix stand-up specials, along with his first one being in 2019, titled “David A. Arnold: Fats Ballerina.”
His second Netflix particular, titled “It Ain’t For The Weak,” was launched in July earlier this 12 months, and was produced by Kevin Hart.
Arnold can be recognized for being the creator and government producer of the hit Nickelodeon present “That Lady Lay Lay.”
He additionally served as the author and producer on “Fuller Home,” in addition to “Meet The Browns” and “Tyler Perry’s Home of Payne.”
He’s survived by his spouse Julie Harkness and their two daughters, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn.
Simply hours earlier than his premature demise, Arnold posted a clip of his comedy sketch on Instagram.
“I’ll always remember the day my oldest determined between my spouse and me who she was gonna ship to the nursing residence,” he captioned the publish.
Celebrities and followers alike have been paying tribute to the comedian on social media after information of his demise got here to gentle.
“Devastated to listen to of the passing of David A. Arnold. He was a beloved member of our Fuller Home writing group, one of many funniest comedians I’ve ever seen & an all-around great man,” tweeted Bryan Behar, a TV author, and producer.
“David was lastly experiencing the fruits of a long time of labor. Might his reminiscence be a blessing.”
He was simply three exhibits into his four-month nationwide comedy tour on the time of his demise.ZAC POPIK/NETFLIX
Humorist Matt Rife tweeted, “Wow…. God rattling…. RIP David Arnold.”
“One in every of Cleveland’s best has left the stage and approach too quickly. 54 is just too younger. #RIP @DavidAArnold This doesn’t really feel actual,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted.
“And Simply Like That” star Bobby Lee tweeted, “I’ve recognized you for 20 years. A tremendous human and comedian. Heartbroken @DavidAArnold.”
“Take a look at David Arnold’s @netflix comedy specials.. he was a comedy genius #rip,” tweeted comic Loni Love.