Jak Knight, Netflix star and stand-up comedian, dies aged 28

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Jak Knight, a stand-up comedian and the writer and star of Netflix's Big Mouth and Peacock's Bust Down, has died aged 28.

The star's family announced the news that Jak died last Thursday in Los Angeles with an agency representative confirming the news to The Hollywood Reporter, but did not share any further details surrounding his passing.

Jak Knight
Writer, actor and stand-up comedian Jak Knight has passed away at the age of 28, his family has confirmed. Photo: Getty

"Knight’s loved ones ask that their privacy please be respected during this extremely difficult time," the statement read.

Jak had only launched Bust Down, which he co-created, executive-produced and starred in, in March.

The six-episode show followed a group of friends who worked low-wage jobs at a casino.

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"We are devastated by the passing of Jak Knight. He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all lucky to experience his greatness," a statement from Peacock read. "Our hearts are with Jak’s family, friends and community during this heartbreaking time."

The star voiced Big Mouth's DeVon for five seasons and he also worked as a story editor and wrote multiple episodes of the show.

Jak Knight with Langston Kerman in Bust Down
Jak (right) with Langston Kerman (left) in Bust Down. Photo: Getty

Speaking with Respect in 2018, Jak praised the show for introducing him to "the most brilliant people" such as Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph.

Netflix shared a statement on Twitter that read, "A bright talent gone too soon. RIP Jak Knight."

Jak also had writing credits on Black-ish and HBO's talk show Pause with Sam Jay, which earned him a Writers Guild of America award nomination this year.

His passing comes shortly after he wrapped production on his first film credit First Time Female Director, directed by Chelsea Peretti.

Big Mouth character DeVon
Jak's Big Mouth character DeVon. Photo: Netflix

The Boys' Jack Quaid took to Twitter to share his heartbreak over Jak's passing, writing, "RIP Jak Knight. I only met him a few times but every time I would see him it always felt like I was talking to one of the greats. My heart goes out to his close friends and family. He was incredible."

Big Mouth's Twitter account shared a statement that read, "A heartbreaking loss for the Big Mouth family. Writer and voice actor for beloved character Devon. An enormous talent. Rest in peace Jak Knight."

Stand-up comic and writer Josh Johnson wrote, "It still doesn’t feel real. Comedy won’t be the same without you and it hurts so much. RIP Jak Knight."

Chance the Rapper added, "RIP Jak Knight 🕊 Praying for his friends."

Writer Dylan Park-Pettiford also wrote, "This Jak Knight news really messed me up. My man was a generational talent. But more than anything, he was just a really good person. And he deserved better than this."

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