Funny David A. Arnold He died on Wednesday at the age of 54, his family confirmed Thursday.
Arnold, who only had three shows on his four-month “Pace Ya Self” national comedy tour, is perhaps best known for headlining two Netflix comedy specials.
He previously served as executive producer on Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay” as well as producer on the new version of “Fuller House.”
The sudden death of the comedian is described as “untimely” by the family
His family described Arnold’s sudden death as “untimely,” adding that “doctors have ruled the cause of death to be natural causes,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold,” his family told the LA Times.
“David passed away peacefully today at his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death to be due to natural causes.”
Arnold’s family went on to say that they were “all shocked and devastated by (his) loss.”
“Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss,” the statement concluded.
The comedian spoke about his career just a week before his death, he recalled the bombing at the first open mic night
Just a week before his passing, Arnold opened up about his comedy career with Jalen Rose for his weekly. New York Post column, and recalled the bombing during his first open mic night.
Arnold noted that “you have to bomb (first) and (see) if you still want to do it.”
However, after serving in the Navy, DL Hughley inspired him to return to comedy years later.
“And the next thing you know, I was a comedian,” he told Rose. “And that’s when it hit me: You have to bomb. You have to take it in the face and you still have to want to do it.”
The Ohio native began his career at the Montreal Comedy Festival before finally appearing in “Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza.”
His first Netflix stand-up special was 2019’s “David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina.” He followed it up with a second special, “Not for the Faint” which was produced by fellow comedian Kevin Hart, in July this year. year.
Arnold is survived by his wife Julie Harkness and their two daughters Anna-Grace and Ashlyn.
Fans and other celebrities take to social media to pay tribute to David A. Arnold
Since then, comedians and fans alike have paid tribute to the comedian on social media.
“Devastated to learn of the passing of David A. Arnold. He was a beloved member of our Fuller House writing team, one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen and a wonderful man in every way,” tweeted Bryan Behar, TV writer and producer.
Behar added that “David was finally experiencing the fruits of decades of work. May the memory of him be a blessing.”
“Wow… Damn… RIP David Arnold,” tweeted fellow comedian Matt Rife.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown tweeted “one of Cleveland’s finest has left the stage and way too soon. 54 is too young. #RIP @DavidAArnold This doesn’t feel real.”
Meanwhile, comedian Loni Love tweeted: “Check out David Arnold’s @netflix comedy specials…he was a comedic genius #rip.”
Scroll down to see more tributes to David A. Arnold.
David💔🙏🏾😢 you were light and you will continue to be. During 2020, your fun content got me through some tough days. I send all my love, healing energy and sympathies to your beautiful family.
Thank you very much for everything you gave us. Rest in love, David Arnold… 🙏🏾💔 pic.twitter.com/VxWKYjE7yb
— Holly Robinson Peete 💃🏾♍️ (@hollyrpeete) September 8, 2022
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) September 8, 2022
I was lucky enough to be in the presence of greatness last night! (unbeknownst to us) the latest david arnold show surrounded by some of my favorite comics who were the biggest fans of him. May he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/2Cg3LD9u2Q
— Sabrina Paige (@mass_appeal_) September 8, 2022
Rip my fellow comedian David Arnold 💔
—Michael Blackson (@MichaelBlackson) September 8, 2022