David A. Arnold, comedian, writer, actor, and producer, has passed away at the age of 54.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold," his family said in a statement. "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, who headlined Netflix standup specials David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina and It Ain't For The Weak, was also a writer and producer for sitcom reboot Fuller House, and showrunner and executive producer on Nickelodeon's That Girl Lay Lay. At the time of his death, Arnold was reportedly just three stops into a four-month comedy tour.
Actor and comedian Chris Spencer, Arnold's close friend, also issued a statement. "Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it," Spencer said. "He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans, and looked up to by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored. He will be deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity."
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