Comedian and TV creator David A. Arnold died Wednesday from apparent natural causes, his family said. He was 54.
"He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will me deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity."
"It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend," his family said in the 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.”
He performed stand up on platforms including Netflix, HBO, and BET and was one of the few Black showrunners in Hollywood having written and produced several TV shows, including 2020 comedy series "Bigger" on BET+.
Arnold created with executive producer Will Packer "That Girl Lay Lay," which was a top 10 most-streamed show when it premiered on Netflix.
His first one-hour special, "Fat Ballerina," premiered on Netflix in 2020 and his second Netflix special, "It Ain’t For The Weak," premiered in July."Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it," his best friend Chris Spencer said in a statement provided by Greenwald.