Comedian and writer David A. Arnold dies at 54

Arnold wrote for shows like “Fuller House” and “Meet the Browns,” while starring in his own Netflix specials.

Comedian, writer and actor David A. Arnold has died aged 54.

Arnold’s family confirmed his death Wednesday in a statement obtained by Deadline. “It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold,” the statement read.

“David passed away peacefully today at his home and doctors have ruled on 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 A. Arnold appears in the Netflix special, “David A. Arnold: Not for the Weak”. His family confirmed the artist’s death this week. (Zac Popik/Netflix © 2022)

He was just three stops into his cross-country comedy tour at the time of his death.

A native of Cleveland, Arnold was known to many for his stand-up comedy, a craft he began practicing when he was 18, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Starting out as a club comedian at popular venues like The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory, he later got his own Netflix comedy specials. “David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina” premiered in 2019, while his latest, “David A. Arnold: “It Ain’t For The Weak,” premiered in July.

Arnold also broke barriers as a writer in Hollywood, writing for popular shows like “Meet The Browns” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” on TBS and “Raising Whitley” on OWN. He also wrote and produced on “Fuller House,” Netflix’s popular “Full House” reboot series.

With “That Girl Lay Lay,” which the writer created and served as showrunner for, Arnold became one of the few black showrunners currently leading shows in Hollywood. Nickelodeon also released a statement regarding his passing, saying in part that he is “shocked and incredibly saddened.”

The statement also read: “David was an immensely talented and gifted storyteller with a wide range of fans, from adults to his stand-up comedy, to children and families through the Nickelodeon show he created and produced for We, ‘That Girl Lay Poser.‘ On behalf of everyone at Nickelodeon, we send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and fans.”

Arnold is survived by his wife Julie L. Harkness and his two children, Anna-Grace and Ashlyn.

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