Veteran TV and streaming writer and comedian Jak Knight passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14.
He was 28 years old. His family shared the sad news that he had passed away. Jak Knight recently co-created the Peacock series Bust Down. He is best known for writing five seasons of the award-winning Netflix series Big Mouth and ABC’s Black-ish.
Famed actor and comedian Louie Anderson died on January 21, and news of Jak Knight’s death came months later. He was taken to the hospital a few days earlier because he had cancer, but he didn’t make it. On January 9th, Hollywood lost another famous comedian, Bob Saget. Betty White, who died on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99, died of natural causes. Other famous people who died last year were Chick Vennera, DMX, Jay Black and Jeanette Maus. Her death broke the hearts of her fans.
How did Jak Knight die?
Jak Knight was born in Seattle but has lived and worked in Los Angeles. He has just wrapped up First Time Female Director, Chelsea Peretti’s first film as a director. Knight, who also voiced Devon in Big Mouth, toured extensively for his Netflix special The Comedy Lineup, which released in 2018.
As for his death, we still don’t know all the details. The details were not shared by Jak Knight’s family. MEAWW keeps you up to date. The Hollywood Reporter said that Jak Knight’s rep opened up about his untimely death. He said, “Knight’s loved ones ask that her privacy be respected at this very difficult time.” The actor, comedian and writer got his first job in the industry when he was around 20 years old. Jak Knight has worked with great artists like Joel McHale, Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher and Aziz Ansari. He has also opened for stand-up legend Dave Chappelle.
People who have worked with Jak Knight and comedians took to Twitter to offer him their final condolences. Kunal Nanjiani, a comedian, wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace Jak Knight. He’s a funny comedian and a nice person. I just can’t believe it.” Mo Mandel, a comedian, wrote, “RIP Jak Knight. When he was a kid I used to see him with his backpack at all the LA shows. He was funny from the start and always had a great smile on his face. Sad to hear of his death. Please offer prayers for his family and watch his comedy.” Geneffer Gross, who writes for television, said, “Jak Knight had such a unique talent. The kind of comedian who thought he could bring people together with his offbeat humor, warmth, and infectious silliness that puts you at ease straight away. Start his show Bust Down on Peacock to remember this special person who died far too young.”
Another user wrote: “Sending love to everyone in my family who knew Jak Knight and his family. “Met brother just recently like last week such a beautiful soul funny as hell beating zacks lamb smh scary how close death is these days may he rest in peace inshAllah see you again. Blaire Erskine, a comedian, said: “I remember being on a show with Jak Knight when I was just starting out. I was so nervous and he was so nice and helpful. I always kept that in the back of my mind. Tonight he’s thinking of his friends and family.” The next person said, “DAMN, this news about Jak Knight is awful. Rest in peace what a funny person you were.” And someone else said, “F*ck, not Jak Knight. Terrible happened. Rest in peace. Peace and happiness to his family.