‘Fuller House’ producer and Netflix comedian David A. Arnold dies at 54


David A. Arnold, a comedian and TV producer, passed away on Wednesday from what his family said appeared to be natural causes. He was 54.

David Arnold The seasoned stand-up comedian was the showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay” and served as a producer on Netflix sitcom “Fuller House,” the “Full House” revival. Arnold’s family declared that he passed away “from natural causes” at home in a statement that Arnold’s agent Rob Greenwald provided to USA TODAY.

His family released a statement saying, “It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the untimely departure of our husband, father, brother, and friend.” “David died peacefully today in his home, and the cause of death was determined by the doctors to be natural causes. Since we are all surprised and grieving over this loss, kindly keep our family in your prayers and respect our privacy at this time.

 David Arnold

Arnold was only three shows into his four-month Pace Ya Self national comedy tour. He made his career by performing, acting, producing, and writing for TV and movies.

He was one of the few Black showrunners in Hollywood, having created and produced multiple TV projects, including the 2020 comedy series “Bigger” on BET+. He performed stand-up on platforms like Netflix, HBO, and BET.

“That Girl Lay Lay,” which Arnold co-created with executive producer Will Packer, debuted on Netflix as one of the top 10 most-streamed shows.

His second Netflix special, “It Ain’t For The Weak,” debuted in July after his second one-hour Netflix special, “Fat Ballerina,” debuted in 2020.

His closest buddy Chris Spencer issued a statement in which he called him “one of the greatest to do it,” according to Greenwald.

“He was revered by the aspiring comedians he coached, respected by other veterans, and looked up to by his peers. His comedic community in particular will miss him greatly.”

Arnold is survived by his wife Julie, his daughters Anna Grace and Ashlyn Elizabeth, his mother and sisters, and his extended family.


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