RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA: Comedian Teddy Ray reportedly died by drowning on August 12. A maintenance worker saw the 32-year-old swimming in a private pool and called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
According to TMZ, authorities do not believe Ray’s death, whose real name was Theodore Brown, was caused by foul play. But no one knows whose private pool the comedian drowned in anymore. Ray lived in Gardena, which is about 125 miles west of where he was found. Sources told TMZ on Aug. 15 that investigators will continue to study the results of Ray’s autopsy before announcing the official cause of death, which is likely drowning.
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News of the comedian’s death was confirmed by a tweet from Comedy Central, which said: “Teddy Ray was a funny and popular performer. Everyone in the comedy world will miss him dearly.”
Ray was born on July 30, 1990 in Los Angeles. He did more than just stand-up comedy. He wrote and starred in six episodes of the comedy show How to Be Broke, which aired from 2017-2018. He was also in an episode of the comedy court show Cancel Court, which aired in 2021.
Yahoo! says Ray’s first TV show was BET’s Comic View, followed by Wild N’ Out and All Def Comedy. We last saw him on the HBO show Pause with Sam Jay. According to the report, he had finished filming the second season of Scroll: Wheel of Time before he died.
The comedian, who was 32 and famous for his viral sketches, recently celebrated his birthday on July 30, just two weeks before his death. In his last Instagram post, he said he was grateful. He wrote, “I’m stopping at 32 like… Lord thank you for another trip around this hot ass sun.”
Following news of his sudden death, fans and co-stars wrote tributes. One of these came from Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson, who said, “Relax well, Teddy. Kindest and funniest,” and comedian Kevin Fredericks said, “Teddy Ray was one of the funniest people who ever lived.”