David A. Arnold, comedian, actor, writer, and producer who headlined two Netflix comedy specials and was a writer/producer on the most complete house reboot, died today, September 7th. She was 54 years old.
The Arnold family released a statement confirming the death. “It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold. David passed away peacefully today at his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death to be due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss.”
Arnold started out as a stand-up comedian, performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival and at Laffapalooza by Jamie Foxx on Comedy Central, among other projects.
He wrote for several comedy series, including meet the browns (TBS), The Rickey Smiley Show (TV One), raising whitley (OWN) and Tyler Perry’s Payne House (TBS). He also created and served as executive producer and showrunner for the hit Nickelodeon series. that girl lay, making him one of the few black showrunners in Hollywood.
Arnold’s first stand-up comedy special on Netflix, David A. Arnold: Fat Dancerdebuted in 2019. His follow-up comedy special on the streamer, It’s not for the weak premiered on July 19.
At the time of his sudden death, Arnold was three stops away from a four-month national comedy tour.
Chris Spencer issued a mourning statement for his best friend. “Our tight-knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the best to ever do it. He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and admired by the budding comedians he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially for his comedy fraternity.”
Survivors include his wife, Julie L. Harkness, and their two children, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn.