David A. Arnold, one of the greatest comedians and showrunners known for his standup work, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday. His age was 54 when he passed away.
Arnold’s family released a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother, and friend, David A. Arnold.”
Arnold’s family added, “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 devasted by this loss.”
Several industry professionals were shocked to learn of Arnold’s death. During the summer of this year, Arnold debuted his second Netflix standup special, “It Ain’t for the Weak,” produced by Kevin Hart.
As part of the show, Arnold delivered routines that revolved around his family life, relationship struggles, and entitled children. Previously, he had made his Netflix standup debut in 2019 with “Fat Ballerina.”
A comedy festival called Netflix Is a Joke was held in late April and early May, where Arnold was one of the featured comedians.
One of Arnold’s closest friends, Chris Spencer, recently said that the entire comedy sphere is deeply devastated by the “loss of one of the greatest to ever do it.”
In addition, Spencer said Arnold, the star of Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay,” was “admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and revered by the burgeoning comedians … he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity.”
As part of his “Pace Ya Self” tour, a native of Cleveland was in the middle of his standup routine. A few of his standup shows were scheduled for later this month in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as well as in Atlanta and Nashville in early October.