Bust Down star and comedian Jak Knight’s cause of death ruled as suicide after passing at just 28

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Rising star Jak Knight’s death at 28 has been ruled as a suicide after a gunshot wound. 

An autopsy by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Cornoner confirmed that the comedian was found on a Los Angeles embankment on Thursday as he suffered from a gunshot wound according to People on Monday.

Knight’s death was ruled as a suicide by the coroner.

RIP: Rising star Jak Knight’s death at 28 has been ruled as a suicide after a gunshot wound asn autopsy by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Cornoner confirmed that the comedian was found on a Los Angeles embankment on Thursday as he suffered from a gunshot wound according to People on Monday

He was best known for his stand-up comedy acts as well as co-crating and starring in Peacock series Bust Down,

A representative for Knight’s family confirmed that he passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday, but there was no official word on a cause of death at the time.

‘Knight’s loved ones ask that their privacy please be respected during this extremely difficult time,’ the rep said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Seattle native had been starring in Bust Down alongside Chris Redd, Sam Jay and Langston Kerman, who all are credited with co-creating the single camera show.

Described as a series predominantly about friendship, the ‘raunchy, irreverent, and complicated’ comedy had only just premiered on Peacock on March 10.

All six episodes were released for streaming simultaneously 

The storyline follows a group of friends working low-wage jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana

The Seattle, Washington native also served as a writer and voiced the role of Devon on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth from 2017 to 2021.

Making his mark: Knight was co-creator and star of Bust Down alongside Langston Kerman (pictured), Chris Redd and Sam Jay; the series had only just premiered on peacock in March

Making his mark: Knight was co-creator and star of Bust Down alongside Langston Kerman (pictured), Chris Redd and Sam Jay; the series had only just premiered on peacock in March

His growing resume also included writing for the hit ABC series Black-ish, and working on the HBO series Pause With Sam Jay as an actor, co-executive producer and writer.

He also took his stand-up show around the world, which included filming his half-hour Netflix special airing as part of The Comedy Lineup series in 2018. 

Over the years, Knight had open about his influences, giving credit to stand-up legend Dave Chappelle and the adult animated series Boondocks for inspiring him to go into comedy.

‘One hundred percent the reasons why I do what I do,’ he said of the affect of those two influences.

In a sign that he was making headway in his stand-up career, Knight eventually opened up for Chappelle while out on tour, and he would share the stage with other more high-profile comedians like Joel McHale , Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher and Aziz Ansari.

Resume: Among his growing credits, Knight served as a writer on the hit show Black-ish

Resume: Among his growing credits, Knight served as a writer on the hit show Black-ish

RIP: Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani sounded stunned by the tragic news

RIP: Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani sounded stunned by the tragic news

RIP: James Adomian shared an old memory of his fallen friend

RIP: James Adomian shared an old memory of his fallen friend

Following the news of Knight’s death, comedians and actors took to social media to pay their respect, share their grief, along with some fond memories.

‘Rest In Peace Jak Knight,’ Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani tweeted, before adding, ‘Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can’t believe it.’   

Comedian James Adomian heaped praise on his colleague: ‘Whenever I was on a lineup with Jak Knight, I knew it was going to be a wildly funny night,’ he began, adding, ‘Always loved watching him over the last decade. He was winning big, all of it well deserved, so witty and memorable every moment onstage and off. A painful loss to comedy.’

Some of his friends and fellow comedians stunned downright stunned by his sudden passing.

RIP: Max Silvestri shared how he is 'crushed' by the news of his passing

RIP: Max Silvestri shared how he is ‘crushed’ by the news of his passing

RIP: Danu Fernandez heaped praise on the comedian and writer

RIP: Danu Fernandez heaped praise on the comedian and writer

RIP: Solomon Georgio revealed he had known Knight since they were teenagers

RIP: Solomon Georgio revealed he had known Knight since they were teenagers

Crushed by the passing of Jak Knight,’ Max Silvestri shared. ‘Watch Bust Down NOW. I was lucky enough to spend years writing with and for Jak, and we taped our Netflix sets the same night. Such a f***ing funny, surprising, kind, weird, singular talent. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. 

‘I don’t know what to say about Jak Knight that he wouldn’t make fun of me for,’ wrote writer and actor Dani Fernandez. ‘But you were so incredibly loved and respected. There will never be anyone quite like you.’

Solomon Georgio posted: ‘ I don’t know what to say. I met Jak Knight when he was a teenager. I’ll never forget the weekend me, him and Mo Welch did a casino show for a bunch of Trump voters. One crowd was especially hateful and he didn’t hold back a single punch.’

Gone too soon: Following the news of Knight's death, comedians and actors took to social media to pay their respect, share their grief, along with some fond memories; seen in 2019

Gone too soon: Following the news of Knight’s death, comedians and actors took to social media to pay their respect, share their grief, along with some fond memories; seen in 2019

RIP: JD Witherspoon shared a short but sweet message to his fallen friend

RIP: JD Witherspoon shared a short but sweet message to his fallen friend

RIP: Tim Dillon remembered back when he and Knight taped a Netflix special together

RIP: Tim Dillon remembered back when he and Knight taped a Netflix special together

RIP: Dylan Park opened up about Knight's death hitting him hard, emotionally

RIP: Dylan Park opened up about Knight’s death hitting him hard, emotionally

RIP: Blaire Erskine talked about a time when Knightwas just starting out in comedy

RIP: Blaire Erskine talked about a time when Knightwas just starting out in comedy



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