Stand-up comedian Jak Knight’s death has been ruled a suicide.
Knight, whose first name is Jakim Maulana, has starred in the Netflix animated series Big Mouth and the Peacock comedy Bust Down. The body of the 28-year-old was discovered on an embankment on July 14, according to an online record from the Los Angeles County Coroner.
The cause of death on the record was a gunshot wound to the head. The type of death given was suicide.
Knight was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3400 block of Atlantic Street at 8:33 p.m., a coroner’s spokesman told The Times on Tuesday. This area is located in Boyle Heights.
On Big Mouth, Knight was the voice behind the character Devon and served as writer and producer.
He co-created and starred in this year’s comedy series Bust Down, a series about four friends who work dead-end jobs at a casino. He was also co-executive producer of the HBO talk show Pause With Sam Jay, writer of the ABC sitcom Black-ish, and recently finished filming for an acting role in Chelsea Peretti’s First Time Female Director.
“We are devastated by the death of Jak Knight,” Peacock said in a statement on Twitter. “He was a brilliant comedian, visionary and artist and we were all fortunate to witness his greatness. Our hearts go out to Jak’s family, friends and community at this heartbreaking time.”
Resources for suicide prevention and crisis counseling
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, seek professional help and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In the US and Canada, text “HOME” to 741741 to reach the crisis text line.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-19/jak-knight-cause-of-death-suicide Death of 28-year-old comedian Jak Knight ruled a suicide