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Comedian and Netflix headliner David A. Arnold dies suddenly at 54

Comedian and Netflix headliner David A. Arnold dies suddenly at 54

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.”

David Arnold during Laffapalooza – October 29, 2005 at Earthlink in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by Frank Mullen/FilmMagic)

“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.

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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.”

Comedian David Arnold entertains guests at the 2nd Annual Vote It Loud Multicultural Media Correspondents’ Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

David Arnold during Laffapalooza – October 29, 2005 at Earthlink in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by Frank Mullen/FilmMagic)

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.”

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Meanwhile, comedian Loni Love tweeted: “Check out David Arnold’s @netflix comedy specials…he was a comedic genius #rip.”

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