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'One of Cleveland’s finest': Comedian and 'Fuller House' writer David A Arnold dies at 54

Family members revealed that Arnold died 'peacefully' at his home
 David A Arnold dies at 54 (Instagram @thedavidaarnold)
David A Arnold dies at 54 (Instagram @thedavidaarnold)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Comedian David A Arnold has died at the age of 54, his family announced. The actor and writer was three days into his comedy tour when he passed away on Wednesday, September 7. Family members revealed that Arnold died “peacefully” at his home.

According to Deadline, medical examinations have ruled that Arnold died from natural causes. The family said in a statement, "it is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, David A Arnold."


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The statement added, "David passed away peacefully today in his home and doctors have ruled the cause of death due to natural causes.Please keep our family in prayer and respect our privacy at this time, as we are all shocked and devastated by this loss."

As the news of the comedian's death spread, several well-wishers and friends of Arnold offered their condolences on social media. 'Fuller House' producer Bryan Behar wrote, "Devastated to hear of the passing of David A. Arnold. He was a beloved member of our Fuller House writing team, one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen & an all-around wonderful man. David was finally experiencing the fruits of decades of work. May his memory be a blessing."

Yvette Nicole Brown said, "One of Cleveland’s finest has left the stage and way too soon. 54 is too young. #RIP@DavidAArnold. This does not feel real."



Fans of the comedian too shared heartfelt messages on Twitter. One wrote, "I so hate to see you go! I loved your energy and the way you welcomed us into your family home with your videos. I felt like I knew you personally. RIP to THE David A. Arnold. Prayers to your family and those who loved you."

Another commented, "I am so crushed to hear about the passing of the immensely funny and talented comedian David A. Arnold. Just recently watched his Netflix specials and saw him live in Martha’s Vineyard. Tragic and untimely. #RIP #davidarnold."



Arnold started his career in 1997. He performed at the Canadian Montreal Comedy Festival and on Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza (Comedy Central) with Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer. The comic's special 'David A. Arnold: It Ain't for the Weak' released just weeks before he died. The stint showed viewers a behind-the-scenes look into his family life during the program.

In 2021, Arnold created the Nickelodeon show 'That Girl Lay Lay' and served as showrunner for the series. He also has made several appearances in television including 'Meet the Browns', 'A Series of Unfortunate People' and 'The Tony Rock Project'. Arnold has also served as a writer for the TBS sitcom 'Meet the Browns', 'House of Payne', and 'The Rickey Smiley Show'.

Arnold was married to Julie L Harkness and the couple had two daughters together.