Comedian, Netflix star and “Fuller House” writer, David A. Arnold, has died at the age of 54, his family announced. The talented comic and showrunner died of naturally causes at his home.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A. Arnold. 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,” his family said in a statement released to the LA Times.
Just a few hours before he died, Arnold posted a video of one of his comedy sketches on Instagram poking fun at his family.
“I’ll never forget the day my oldest decided between my wife and me who she was gonna send to the nursing home,” the post read.
He was also just three dates into his comedy tour, “Pace Ya Self,” at the time of his untimely death.
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Arnold began performing in 1997 at the Canadian Montreal Comedy Festival, then went on to appear in Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza (Comedy Central) with Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer. He also worked with The Tom Joyner Show, Baisden After Dark, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, ComicView (BET), The Mo’Nique Show (BET), Entourage (HBO) and Def Comedy Jam.
Arnold served as writer and producer for the Netflix revival series “Fuller House,” and wrote episodes of several comedy shows, including “Meet the Browns” (TBS), “The Rickey Smiley Show” (TV One), “Raising Whitley” (OWN), “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS), and “The Tony Rock Projec”t (MyNetworkTV).
In 2021, Arnold created the Nickelodeon show “That Girl Lay Lay” and served as showrunner for the series. Arnold appeared in several television series including “Meet the Browns,” “A Series of Unfortunate People” and “The Tony Rock Project.”
Arnold had his own stand-up comedy special on Netflix, “David A. Arnold: Fat Ballerina.” He had another 2022 Netflix stand-up comedy special, which premiered July 19, 2022 called “It Ain’t For The Weak.”
Arnold is survived by his wife Julie L. Harkness and two daughters.