TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE
- Writer Jas Waters has died at the age of 39.
- She was best known for her work on shows such as This is Us and Kidding.
- This Is Us creator, Dan Fogelman, wrote on Twitter upon hearing the news: "Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell."
Jas Waters, best known for her work on NBC's This Is Us, has died. She was 39 years old.
The This Is Us writers confirmed the news on their official Twitter account saying: "The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature."
The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly. pic.twitter.com/cmrh2OO8of— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) June 10, 2020
It was later revealed by the Los Angeles County Coroner that Jas died on Tuesday, 9 June by hanging and her death was ruled a suicide, according to E! News.
The 39-year-old had credits on 18 episodes of This Is Us and also worked on shows Hood Adjacent With James Davis on Comedy Central, VH1's The Breaks, MTV's Real World, NBC's ER and Showtime's Kidding with Jim Carrey.
She worked on several movies including Hardball, Save The Last Dance, Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Taraji P. Henson's What Men Want, reports Variety.
Jas also had her own column in VIBE magazine in 2012, before becoming a screenwriter.
"This news took my breath away," This Is Us creator, Dan Fogelman wrote on Twitter after hearing the news of Jas' death. "Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones."
Mandy Moore also tweeted: "Sending love and light to @JasFly's family and loved ones."
Issa Rae, who worked with Jas before, also wrote: "I'll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/@JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone. Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I'll miss you, girl."
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