On Wednesday night, comedy legend David A. Arnold died at age 54. Arnold was best known for appearing in two specials on Netflix.
Announcing his death at his home, his family confirmed he died “of natural causes” after serving as showrunner and producer of Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay,” as well as working on the reboot of “Fuller House”.
He had just completed his three shows on the nationwide “Pace Ya Self” comedy tour, which was scheduled to last four months.
The Los Angeles Times revealed its sad news
His family revealed the sad news to the Los Angeles Times in a published statement: “We confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend…David passed away peacefully today at his home, and doctors have ruled on the cause of death due to natural causes. Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy now, as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss.
Following Arnold’s death, two daughters and his wife are left behind. After celebrating his birthday in 2020, Arnold took to Facebook to share his sobriety feat.
He recently stopped in San Francisco, Calif., as part of his “Pace Ya Self” tour from September 2-3. It was possible that he made a stopover in New Jersey during the weekend of September 22-24.
It is unknown if he had any medical history in the past, and there is no information available as to whether or not he suffered from any other health issues. In the meantime, further details on this are still pending.
In July, he debuted his Netflix Stand-Up Special It’s Not For The Weak
Industry insiders were surprised to learn of Arnold’s death. His association with Kevin Hart led to the production of Arnold’s second Netflix stand-up special, “Not For The Weak”, released in July, also produced by Hart.
Throughout the original, several routines focusing on Arnold’s family life include details of his marital disputes and authorized children. As part of the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival in late April and early May, Arnold performed a stand-up to follow up on his 2019 Netflix debut with “Fat Ballerina.”
The Career and Life of David A. Arnold
Born on March 15, 1968, Arnold attended Beachwood High School. After watching Eddie Murphy’s special Delirious, he became interested in stand-up. At the Hilarities 4th Street Theater in Cleveland, Arnold performed his first stand-up.
Originally a comedian, he became a television writer in 2000. The Rickey Smiley Show, House of Payne and Meet the Browns are some of David’s television shows. Fuller House, a Netflix sitcom, was also written and produced by him.
Like other comedians, Arnold wanted to launch sitcoms based on his shows. The show was never developed, despite discussions with BET. BET told him he wasn’t marketable because he wasn’t black enough on the Renaissance Man podcast.
His rant videos have earned him popularity on social media. Fifteen years ago, Arnold shared rants and comedic videos. That Girl Lay Lay was Arnold’s Nickelodeon comedy series. His television appearances include Meet the Browns and A Series of Unfortunate People. You can watch his Netflix stand-up comedy specials, David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina and Ain’t For the Weak.
All these years, David A. Arnold has become one of the most famous comedians in the world due to his flawless work. After hearing the news of his death, his fans were in shock.
I offer my condolences to David’s family. Thanks a lot for the laughs. Our hearts are filled with love for you!