David A. Arnold, the much-loved stand-up comedian who was the creator and showrunner of the Nickelodeon series That Girl Lay Lay, has died. He was 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 Wednesday.
“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.”
“Our closely knit comedy community mourns the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it,” said Arnold’s close friend and fellow comedian Chris Spencer.
“He was admired by his peers, respected by other veterans and revered by the burgeoning comedians that he mentored.
He will me deeply missed, especially by his comedy fraternity.”
A stand-up veteran, Arnold spent more than two decades working at comedy clubs before his career breakthrough,
gaining a loyal audience on social media for his hilarious takes on family life and fatherhood.
For Netflix, Arnold starred in two comedy specials, 2020’s Fat Ballerina and It Ain’t for the Weak, which premiered July 19.