Comedian Jak Knight’s cause of death has been revealed following an autopsy report by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
According to PEOPLE, the writer, actor and comedian was found on a Los Angeles embankment on Thursday (July 14) suffering from a gunshot wound. The official coroner’s report ruled the 28-year-old’s cause of death a suicide.
Knight most recently co-created, co-starred and was one of the executive producers in Peacock's Bust Down with Sam Jay, Chris Redd and Langston Kerman, which premiered on the NBC streaming platform back in March 2022. Bust Down follows four friends working blue-collar jobs at a casino in Gary, Indiana.
In addition to the Peacock comedy show, Knight worked on Pause With Sam Jay as a recurring presence, co-executive producer, and writer.
Knight had just wrapped filming Chelsea Peretti’s feature directorial debut, First Time Female Director, and shared that his stand-up was inspired by Dave Chappelle and Aaron McGruder’s The Boondock. According to Respect, his first job in the industry was as a writer on the animated Lucas Bros. Moving Co., when he was nearly 20 years old.
Jak Knight’s passing has reverberated throughout the comedy community, all shocked and expressing grief and disbelief.
“We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight,” reads a joint statement from Knight’s Bust Down family Peacock and Universal Television. “He was a brilliant comedian, visionary, and artist, and we were all lucky to experience his greatness. During this heartbreaking time, Jak’s family, friends, and community are in our hearts.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text "988" to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or go to 988lifeline.org.