At the time of his death, the comedian was just three stops away from a national stand-up tour and his second Netflix special had debuted earlier this summer.
WASAGA BEACH, ON — David A. Arnold, a comedian who starred in two Netflix specials and was the creator and showrunner of the Nickelodeon series “That Girl Lay Lay,” has died. He was 54 years old.
Arnold’s family released a statement to various media outlets confirming his death on Wednesday: “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 at his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death to be 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.”
The Cleveland native’s second Netflix standup special, “Not for the Faint” premiered in mid-July. He was just three stops away from a national stand-up tour at the time of his death.
In addition to his stand-up comedy, Arnold was a writer on several shows, including Netflix’s “Full House” reboot, “Fuller House,” “Bigger” on BET+ and “Meet the Browns” on TBS.
He was also the creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon comedy “That Girl Lay Lay,” produced by Will Packer, about an avatar from a personal affirmation app that magically comes to life to help a girl and her friends.
Comedian Chris Spencer, a close friend of Arnold’s, said in a statement to Variety that “the tight-knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the best to ever do it.”
“He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans and admired by the emerging comedians he mentored. He will be dearly missed, especially for the comedy fraternity of his,” Spencer said in his statement.
“This one hits different! Very very sad! RIP”, comedian DL Hughley tweeted.
Next week, Arnold was to be the first comedian to appear on Sherri Shepherd’s new daytime talk show, said executive producer Jawn Murray in a tweet.
He is survived by his wife Julie and his daughters Anna Grace and Ashlyn Elizabeth.