Kevin Barnett, the comedian behind Fox comedy series Rel, died due to unknown casuses. He was 32. According to his Instagram page, the writer-comedian was enjoying his vacation in Mexico just a few days back.
He posted a photo of himself on the street and captioned it, "In mexico. Bought myself a sweater. Been accused of appropriation several times. In my head I just gave a lady some money so I ain't cold. Either way. Swag heavy. Mixtape comin."
Releasing a statement on the sudden demise of Kevin, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said, "Our hearts are broken, as are those of everyone at REL, at the news of Kevin Barnett's passing. He was an incredibly funny, wildly talented man who had so much more to do and so many more stories to tell. We send our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family during this difficult time."
"It's with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett," weekly digital audio series the Last Podcast tweeted.
Barnett's New York City-based comedy career was just taking off at the time of his death, having just executive produced and co-created Fox TV series Rel alongside comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz.
The up-and-coming comedian served as writer on the House-sitting episode of Broad City. He also appeared on HBO's Funny as Hell and in Chris Rock's Top Five.He also co-hosted podcast Round Table of Gentlemen with Ben Kissel for Last Podcast Network, which tweeted about his demise.
"The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you'll see them again. We love you KB," the Last Podcast said.