David A. Arnold, famed comedian, writer, and showrunner passed away on Wednesday. He was 54 years old. Read on to know how David A. Arnold died, what happened to him, and what was the cause of his death.
David A. Arnold was best known for his standup comedy gigs. He was the writer and showrunner behind Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay” and Netflix’s sitcom “Fuller House.” He also had an incredible catalog of work on other comedy shows.
How did David A. Arnold die?
David A. Arnold, the widely popular standup comedian and writer, died at his home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at the age of 54. His family announced the tragic news of his passing today.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother, and friend, David A. Arnold,” his family said in a statement.
“David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death 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.”
David’s close friend, comedian Chris Spencer also paid tribute to his late friend, “Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it.”
He added, “He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity.”
At the time of death, David A. Arnold was just three days into the tour.
David A. Arnold dead: What is the cause of his death?
David A. Arnold died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones, due to natural causes. He didn’t have any illness or disorder that led to his demise. His family has confirmed that the doctors have ruled out his death due to natural causes.
When the news first emerged, social media users were speculating several causes of his death. However, they turned out to be hoaxes as there was no foul play involved.
He posted this video just 12 hours before his death.
David A. Arnold was a legendary Comedian and Showrunner
David A. Arnold was born on March 15, 1968, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Beachwood High School. He kicked off his standup career at 18 after being inspired by Eddie Murphy’s Delirious special. His first standup gig took place at Cleveland’s Hilarities 4th Street Theatre.
Arnold gradually worked his way up to the ladder and spent much of the ‘90s as a club comedian. He later graduated to a touring act and then found work as a television writer in the 2000s. His early writing works include the Tyler Perry shows, Meet the Browns, House of Payne on TBS, and TV One’s The Rickey Smiley Show.
After that, he looked to launch sitcoms based on his sets. He had an unsuccessful deal with BET to produce a show based on his life. In 2018, Arnold became the writer and producer on Netflix’s Fuller House, which was a sequel to Full House.
Arnold also turned into a social media sensation with his intelligent comic timing and wise jokes. He continuously posted videos and little comedic rants. In 2019, Netflix acquired his special “David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina.”
He also had another special on Netflix titled “It Ain’t for the Weak” which launched in 2022. A year before, Arnold created and served as writer and showrunner on Nickelodeon’s “That Gir Lay Lay.” He also worked on The Tony Rock Project, BET’s Bigger, and Nickelodeon’s Side Hustle.
David A. Arnold Leaves behind his Wife and Children
David A. Arnold was married to Julie L. Harkness. The couple had two daughters, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn.
He also had two sisters, Tammi Carson and Devaki Youngblood. He was of African-American ancestry.
Tributes are continuously surfacing on social media platforms following David A. Arnold’s untimely death.
Fans are mourning the loss of the comedian who always made them laugh with his wit. Our heart goes out to his family. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.