David A. Arnold, Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Producer, Dead at 54

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David A. Arnold, a comedian, actor, writer and producer who headlined two Netflix comedy specials, was a writer/producer on the streamer’s Fuller House reboot and created the Nickelodeon series That Girl Lay Lay, died today, Sept. 7. He was 54.

The Arnold family issued 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 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.”

Arnold started out as a stand-up comic, performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival and on Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza 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 House of Payne (TBS).

He also created and was executive producer and showrunner on Nickelodeon’s hit series That Girl Lay Lay, making him one of few Black showrunners in Hollywood.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Bruce Haring

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