Suicide was determined to be the cause of death for the 28-year-old comedian, writer, and actor Jak Knight by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner office. Coroner’s
According to a coroner’s report obtained by PEOPLE, Knight’s body was located Thursday night on an embankment in Los Angeles with a gunshot wound.
Knight’s family acknowledged his death but did not reveal the cause of death. Knight began his career in 2015 as a writer on Fox’s animated comedy Lucas Bros Moving Company before moving on to work as an executive story editor on Black-ish and as a story editor, writer, and voice actor on Big Mouth in 2016.
Knight, a rising artist, just co-created Bust Down, which premiered on Peacock in March alongside Sam Jay, Langston Kerman, and Chris Redd.
Each of them starred in the show, which Knight also executive-produced, and followed a group of buddies who worked low-paying jobs at an Indiana casino. As a co-executive producer and writer of the HBO series Pause with Sam Jay, Knight worked alongside Jay.
Chelsea Peretti’s directorial debut, First Time Female Director, also stars Amy Poehler, Megan Mullally, and the comedian.
In the wake of his death, his friends in the comedy industry, from Kumail Nanjiani and Hannibal Buress to Phoebe Robinson and Joel Kim Booster, paid tribute.
“What is it about Jak that you find so intriguing? So why did you abruptly end your visit?” Comic Eric Andre posted this on Instagram. “You have our utmost admiration, sir. I’d like you to come back.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the 988 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, text “988” to (741) 741-7255, or visit 988lifeline.org.